Suomi Miniature Coffee Set designed by Eduardo Paolozzi
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Decorated by Eduardo Paolozzi and designed by Timo Sarpaneva for the company Rosenthal, this miniature coffee set is one of a limited edition of 999.
Eduardo Paolozzi design was used to decorate the table ware, but the tableware was designed by Timo Sarpaneva, who began modelling ‘Suomi’ in 1972, the first samples being made of wood. Four years of elaborate, detailed work and about 15 trials for the coffee pot, for example, were necessary to find the ideal solution. Porcelain as a material proved once again to be very challenging for the designer with regards to persistency and concentration. When the product line was launched in the market in 1976, it was a sudden public success and much acclaimed even by design critics. ‘Suomi’ is presumably the most often awarded shape in plain-white worldwide and in 1992 it was accepted into the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris: