Within designer collective Utilise.objects, Giel Dedeurwaerder and Brent Neve studied the possibilities of wood for their designs. They also investigated the food safety aspect. This is how they got the idea for a tea service. The tasks were divided up in no time: While one designer focused on the design, the other went in search of the most food-safe finish for the wood. Together with the Serax technical team, they also looked for alternative industrial production techniques.
Giel: “The Collage tea service is based on the perfect balance between material, shape and proportion, and on the idea that tableware can also serve perfectly well as decoration, instead of being stored away after use.”
Inspired by Japanese designs, Giel and Brent created cups made of solid acacia wood and a cast-iron teapot. The combination of the warm wood tone and the indestructible cast iron gave the service exactly those durable, functional, and aesthetic characteristics that the duo was looking for. And those features have been awarded the Henry Van de Velde Award 2019 in the Habitat category.