Japanese architect and designer Kengo Kuma has teamed up with Danish metalware brand George Jensen for a luxurious tea set, Kusa. The name of the exquisite tea set is named ‘Kusa’ after the Japanese word for grass. Each set consists of a tea-leaf pot, a stirrer, a spoon, a tray and a cup.
Marrying traditional art with contemporary design, this luxurious tea set is highly synonymous with Japanese culture and designed to be used especially for the sado tea ceremony in the country. In Japan, the tea set has a rich history that dates back as far as the culture itself.
Each tea set has been handcrafted out of silver and bamboo. The cup and pot are made from silver, with a contrasting mirror finish on the inside and a dark oxidized surface on the outside. Bamboo is used to create the stirrer, whereas hammered silver is carved to form the circular tray.
A beautiful criss-cross latticework of silver covers the oxidized vessels. Each piece is further etched with Kuma’s signature and the Georg Jensen maker’s mark. Kusa will cost a cool £60,500 (approx. US $80,000), and only 11 lucky people will get to enjoy a hot cup of exotic tea in this extravagant tea set.