Sucabaruca coffee set by Luca Nichetto

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Opening January 22, Toronto's gallery Mjölk is hosting the first North American solo exhibition by Italian designer Luca Nichetto, which will include the launch of his new coffee set Sucabaruca.

"The idea of Sucabaruca coffee set stemmed from the encounter with John Baker and Juli Daousti in September 2013 at their gallery in Toronto. They encouraged me to realize in turn a product suited to their gallery/shop using only the craft resources available in the area," Nichetto explains. “For many years now my life has been divided between Stockholm and Venice, the town where I was born and where Caffè Florian – among the oldest cafés in Europe – is."

"I immediately came up with the idea of designing a coffee set that aims to combine the modern ritual of filtered coffee, which unites several countries including North America and Scandinavia, with the renowned tradition of my land, where coffee has been a cult drink for centuries."

The main cone-shaped body is reminiscent of Carmencita, the well-known character created by Armando Testa in 1966 for Italian TV show Carosello.

Hand-engraved patterns are designed to emphasise the uniqueness of the pieces, while the tray is made of Canadian maple wood, a material that reveals unique patterns when carved.

The set's elements can be stacked and combined as desired, and is available in three colour palettes: total white, inspired by fashion designer Martin Margiela, to pastel tones, characteristic of Japanese architecture, and pop colours, a tribute to the eclectic artist Jean-Paul Goude.

Homebuildlife subscribers can read our interview with Luca Nichetto here.