The ritual of sharing drinks, such as coffee and tea, are common activities that date back to ancient times. These rituals have been handed down to the present day changing over time and across geographic areas and the rituals have often lost the social value that, in the past, characterized them. Luca Nichetto designer and Lera Moiseeva have long been fascinated by these rituals of sharing, which often surround the most diverse social relationships between people. Their study led the two designers to create the coffee set Sucabaruca and the tea set Aureola, which seek to bring the almost sacred importance these rites convey back to our consciousness.
As two “totems”, the coffee set and tea set protect and enhance the meanings of the rituals they represent. With Totemica exhibition, at Istituto di Cultura Italiano in Toronto, Luca Nichetto and Lera Moiseeva, unveil the birth of the products, from initial concept, production, and realized prototype. The exhibition sheds light on the behind the scenes of how a product is made as well as a focus on the unique materials and hand crafted elements found in both Sucabaruca and Aureola.
Sucabaruca, created by and shown for the first time at Mjölk gallery/shop in Toronto, on the occasion of a solo exhibition dedicated to the Venetian designer, and, later, displayed at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, was developed to celebrate the rite of filtered coffee, very common in Scandinavia and throughout North America. The Aureola tea set, also created by Mjölk, thanks to the skills of the Canadian ceramist Alissa Coe, and displayed for the first time at the Istituto di Cultura Italiano di Toronto, thanks to its acting director Adriana Frisenna, aims at enhancing the ritual of tea, which originated in Asia and then spread around the world.
Location: Istituto Italiano di Cultura, 496 Huron Street,
Opening Date: June 26th Time: from 6pm to 9pm
Date: June 27th – September 16th Time: from 10am to 1pm and 2.30pm to 5pm