From the artistry of traditional tea ceremonies to the invention of a new culinary experience, blending poetry and technical prowess, the Pekoë tea set – the fruit of a collaboration between Revol and an emerging French design star – brings together two creative worlds as rich as they are complementary…
The product of a finely tuned harvest retaining only the young shoots, Pekoë tea gives its name to this set in an homage to both its delicate design and its superb quality. At both tea-time and at the dining table, the contemporary lightness and minutely executed aestheticism of this collection set the stage for a high-class tasting experience. In counterpoint to the current trend for uneven ceramics in all their imperfect poetry, young designer Lucas Frank’s overriding aim was to pay homage to the high technicality and precision of the material as it is used in this industry. At ECAL, the famous Lausanne art school where he was trained, Frank absorbed the central precepts of a rigorous creative grammar inherited from Swiss-German philosophy, which demands a highly concrete design approach centred on function. A response to clearly delineated problems of service and use, the Pekoë collection is the fruit of in-depth technical research carried out in collaboration with Revol.
“The artisan’s hand and the industrial tool are fundamental elements of the design.”
Jugs, sugar and other bowls, plates, teapots and bamboo trays were introduced alongside the original cups to create the ideal vessels for teatimes inspired as much by the gourmet aesthetics of French tea-drinking as by the pure lines of Asian tradition. Decisively functional, the fin motif – a heat dissipator inspired by the fans of LED lamps – allows you to hold this handleless cup at the same time as vouching for its complete stability on the saucer on which it sits so perfectly. Treated with an aged-silver or dark-metal enamel on the inside, the cup conserves its exterior of raw black paste but this is polished to give a soft, sensual feel when held in the hand.