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No, Really: A Tea Set Made Using Sewn-Together Cloth

A young Israeli designer lends the softness of fabric to a hard material.

No, Really: A Tea Set Made Using Sewn-Together Cloth

We’ve seen many a tea set in our day–so many in fact that our eyes tend to gloss over when we come across them. But this one, from Rachel Boxnboim http://rachelboxnboim.com/, is different: It appears to be made of cloth.

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That’s no surprise, since the Alice tea set began as a sewing project: Boxnboim, a recent Bezalel http://www.bezalel.ac.il/en/grad, had the idea to sew a teapot out of panels of fabric. She made a cloth replica of her mother’s old teapot and used it as a ceramic mold. Once in the kiln, the fabric burned away, leaving its texture on the final pieces. “I made a connection between a soft material (fabric) and a hard material (ceramic), perpetuating and preserving the properties of the fabric,” Boxnboim writes. The ceramic takes on… the appearance of the seams and looks like a kind of hardened textile.” And it has a whimsical, topsy-turvy look that wouldn’t look out of place on the Mad-Hatter’s table.

Alice is on view this week as part of Bezalel’s exhibit at Ventura Lambrate during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan.

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A former editor at such publications as WIRED, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Fast Company, Belinda Lanks has also written for The New York Times Magazine, The New York Observer, Interior Design, and ARTnews.

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