Kengo Kuma is the latest high-profile name to create a tea service for Georg Jensen, basing his design on traditional Japanese sets. Kuma’s tea service – named Kusa after the Japanese word for grass – will be priced at £60,500 and limited to 11 editions. Each consists of a tea-leaf pot, stirrer, spoon, tray and cup.
The cup and pot are made from silver, with a contrasting mirror finish on the inside and a dark oxidised surface on the outside. Kuma’s tea set is priced slightly lower than last year’s collaboration between Georg Jensen and designer Marc Newson, which attracted controversy for its £82,000 price tag and mammoth tusk handles.
Kuma used bamboo – a traditional material in Asia – to create the stirrer, and hammered silver for the circular tray. A criss-cross latticework of silver covers the oxidised vessels. Each piece has been made by hand, and will be stamped with Kuma’s signature and the Georg Jensen maker’s mark.