Acclaimed industrial designer turns his hand to $170,000 tea set

October 16, 2015

Acclaimed industrial designer turns his hand to $170,000 tea set

Australian-born industrial designer, Marc Newson is described as the most influential of his generation and tea connoisseurs can experience his work first hand thanks to a limited edition sterling silver tea service commissioned by Georg Jensen.

The commission is Marc’s first collaboration with the company, revered for its stunning Danish design and commitment to quality craftsmanship and timeless aesthetics.

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You’ll need to get in quickly to secure one of the tea sets – they are strictly limited to just 10 sets. Each set will be stamped with a distinctive Marc Newson makers mark.

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True to form, the set bears the familiar George Jensen reductive sculptural approach, and the silversmith work is impeccable. The shapes are distinctive and evoke the impression of nature.

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The design and engineering phase lasted over six months and more than three months of careful hand hammering is required to complete each set, which will be made to order by a third generation master silversmith in the company’s Copenhagen workshop.

The five-piece set includes a teapot, coffee pot, creamer, sugar bowl, and tray. The sets are expected to sell for around $174,000 AUD (approximately £82,000).

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Hear from Marc Newson and watch him designing in action.

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Images courtesy of Georg Jensen

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