Ceremony tea set by Claesson Koivisto Rune


11 February 2013

A Japanese tea set is not the most obvious product for a Swedish architecture studio to design. So, while visiting Stockholm for Design Week, Disegno took the opportunity to speak to Claesson Koivisto Rune about Ceremony, a serving tray and milk pot that the studio has created for the Canadian design store Mjölk.

Founded in Stockholm by Mårten Claesson, Eero Koivisto and Ola Rune in 1995, Claesson Koivisto Rune practices both design and architecture. The studio met John Baker and Juli Daoust - the founders of Mjölk (Swedish for milk) - in 2011 and, over meetings in Stockholm and Toronto, resolved to work together on the 2013 exhibition Claesson Koivisto Rune + Mjölk.

The exhibition, held in January at Toronto Design Week, saw the launch of Ceremony, a tea set intended to complement the Japanese tea ceremony, a cultural activity centred around the preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. The set was produced with the help of Canadian artisans Alissa Coe, Scott Eunson and Adrian Kuzyk.

The design - which won best product in Toronto - consists of a wooden chopping board lined on one side with a plate of bass, copper or blackened steel to form a serving tray for hot tea, alongside a fine ceramic milk jug, whose wooden lid doubles as a sugar bowl.

Ceremony was shown in Stockholm at a drinks reception in the city’s Canadian embassy. The design was one of several new products from Claesson Koivisto Rune shown during Stockholm Design Week: the studio also revealed designs for Wästberg, Skultuna and Berga Form.

Filmed in their studio on Stockholm’s Östgötagatan, Rune and Koivisto spoke to Disegno about the character of Swedish design, why the studio practices both product design and architecture, and how it came to be fascinated by the Japanese tea ceremony.