SOON AT THE REFUGIUM :: FRANK MICHELS: SAINT-LOUIS. ATAYA TEA-SET
Ataya is a highly sugared gunpowder tea brew, known for being stronger than a double espresso. Ruling the streets of Senegal and the surrounding Sahel, the tea culture and ceremony that arose from it is complex, and requires a great diversity of vessels. The brief for this set, created when Michels was still a student, was to develop a practical nesting set for a playful handling, while readopting the formal language from the territory. Combining porcelain and black argil with exotic wood, and enameled ceramics, the raw mélange of materials and the clash of simple geometric shapes with more realistic sculptural forms that refer to the national emblem, the lion, mirrors today’s heterogeneous Senegalese culture – straddling between colonial heritage and local traditions. Frank Michels recently teamed up with David Geckeler in a Berlin-based studio. (mb)http://geckelermichels.com/
REFUGIUM (BERLIN AS A DESIGN PRINCIPLE) – JUNE 5-9 / BERLIN TEMPELHOF.