A tea set of 30 ceramic cups and a teapot was on show at Dezeen Platform in October. Paula Benvegnú created a tea set that represents a family tree of her family. Marvellous and touching work. This tea set is a very precious one because of its context. The idea is very inspiring for me working on a project of a treasured and loved tea set. This projects is interesting not only because of its meaning but also because it is a family of objects. Every object is similar, but different. That is something I am looking for in mine.
Family Tea is a tea set that is a family. Or a family that can be a tea set. This project arose from my obsession with the past, inheritance and family legacy, as well as the incessant search for new ways of telling its story. A common code we are all born with and that will continue appearing in all our defects and virtues: grandfather’s eyes, father’s birthmark, maternal great-grandmother’s white skin, grandfather’s hooked nose… the links are invisible but they are always there. 30 ceramic mugs with a tea kettle form a complete family tree: the Benvegnú family. The investigation is based on the imperfections and particularities we all have that we have inherited from someone.
Each piece shares the same colour palette, however, upon being passed down from previous generations, the tone and quantity of colour that it shares with prior iterations changes, along with other defining details, although they still pertain to the same group. Similarly, no two mugs are the same, just as no two people are the same.
The family seal and the little spoons with each person’s name and birth date complete the concept. This tea set is for everyone who wants to perpetuate their roots with something tangible: my family, your family, and the neighbour’s family is in Family Tea.