For all admirers of modern handicrafts, Vienna Design Week always offers a plethora of interesting exhibitions and projects.
Last years collaboration between Berlin designer Mark Braun and J & L Lobmeyr as well as Vindobona by Swedish design studio Claesson Koivisto Rune standing as wonderful examples.
Vienna Design Week 2011 was no different.
A truly delightful project was a collaboration between Spanish designer Tomás Alonso and the Wiener Silber Manufactur, a company who can trace their roots back to 1882.
As part of the Vienna Design Week Passionswege, a programme that brings young designers together with established Viennese business to create new products, Tomás Alonso created a tea service for Wiener Silber Manufactur in which the base of the of the items and the upper surface of the tray are rippled; allowing the elements to lock together as one unit.
With an unmistakable nod to the aesthetic of the early 20th century – and so to that period when the Wiener Silber Manufactur was establishing itself as a reliable address for quality silver goods – for us Tomás Alonso wonderfully linked modern and tradition in a truly charming product.