This Furniture Set Honors Art Of Coffee Brewing

This Furniture Set Honors Art Of Coffee Brewing
Design

Each item represents a different stage of the ritual, and the set as a whole explores the duality of Eastern and Western influences

Ido Lechner, Home Editor
  • 9 february 2017

During a research fellowship in Japan, British designer Hugh Miller observed various displays of the culture’s coffee-making rituals, which he then took home to channel into his own collection titled The Coffee Ceremony comprising a coffee cart, table, communal bench, stool and a chair. He explains that each item represents a different stage of the ritual, and that the set as a whole explores the duality of Eastern and Western influences. The contrasting themes of texture and smoothness, hidden and visible mechanisms, and lightness and durability are all at play, and present an intriguing history surrounding a beverage that means so little yet so much simultaneously for the North American and European mindset.

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The coffee set itself contains a curved-spouted pot elevated by a collection of brass pegs emerging from the tabletop, alongside a wooden scoop and square container. Cups and utensils get stored in the shelves hanging beneath the table, while interwoven loops suspend mugs in the air. Made from English elm and brass, The Coffee Ceremony just concluded a showcase in London’s Saatchi Gallery—and while the elegant design certainly captivated coffee lovers from around the world, perhaps some downtime may encourage Miller to commercialize the furniture for those looking to add a touch of Japanese Java to their interior decorations.

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Hugh Miller

Hugh Miller

During a research fellowship in Japan, British designer Hugh Miller observed various displays of the culture’s coffee-making rituals, which he then took home to channel into his own collection titled The Coffee Ceremony comprising a coffee cart, table, communal bench, stool and a chair. He explains that each item represents a different stage of the ritual, and that the set as a whole explores the duality of Eastern and Western influences. The contrasting themes of texture and smoothness, hidden and visible mechanisms, and lightness and durability are all at play, and present an intriguing history surrounding a beverage that means so little yet so much simultaneously for the North American and European mindset.

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