A distillation of the design achievement of 2003's “Tea & Coffee Towers” project, these cups make the results accessible to the wider coffee-drinking public: the designers of each Alessi limited edition coffee & tea service have been asked to design a simple coffee cup, one that would exhibit the essence of the project. “I wanted to create cups that could have a great many different variations and I realised that, for my purposes, flowers had the perfect shape. Their shape is exactly what's needed to make a cup; it's the same shape that the ancient Chinese had discovered ... in the universe.” (Dezsö Ekler)
Set of two mocha cups with saucers in bone china.
Item code: DE01SET
Diameter (cm): 5.80
Height (cm): 6.40
Content (cl): 10.00
Dezsö Ekler, architect, was born at Szombathely, Hungary, in 1953. After graduating, he studied urban sociology and worked for some years with his teacher and mentor Imre Makovecz. In 1991 he established his own practice. He has lectured at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts and the Department of Urban Building and History of Architecture of the Budapest University of Technology. A member of the Hungarian Academy of Arts since 2000, he has won recognition both in Hungary and abroad, with awards such as the Premio Piranesi (1989), the Premio Andrea Palladio (1991), and the ybl Prize (1994). He has been a speaker at numerous architectural conventions in Hungary and abroad and displayed his work in collective exhibitions and one-man shows. His best-known and most significant works included the Harangodi Folk Art Camp at Nagykálló (1986-91); the premises of the University of Agriculture at Kaposvár (1988); the wineries of Disznókö Rt. (1993-95) and Neszmély Rt. (1994); an office building at Hneger utca, Budapest (1999); an office building at Budaörs, Terrapark (2000-01); the College Central Library of Szombathely (2001); Primary School at Pécel (2002).