If we liked porcelain artist Lorena Barrezueta’s sophisticated take on home décor even before we saw her quartet of delicately tinted Ecuanese Porcelain Cups embellished with 22kt gold artwork, we’re now full-on fans. Pretty yet sturdy enough to hold everything from hot tea to iced drinks, they’re a striking addition to any dinner table.
The cups were developed when Barrezueta was selected to participate in a project that gave her free reign to research any subject at the New York Public Library. Barrezueta knew exactly what she was going to delve into: the connections between the indigenous arts of Ecuador (she’s half Ecuadorian) and Japan (whose culture and design fascinate her). What she discovered surprised her.
“I found almost identical indigenous ceramic pieces from the coastal region of Ecuador, where my father is from, and from the south east coast of Japan. At that moment my affinity and admiration for Japanese design made sense to me,” she says. “This new information inspired me to create a graphic fusion of the two cultures.”
The result is the Ecuanese cups, whose subtle color variations are inspired by different skin tones to further underscore the fusion of the two cultures. We’re selling the set of four, which come in natural white, blush pink, rich tan and mocha (though the difference in hues is very subtle), and are decorated with a 22 karat gold motif that references the arts of both Ecuador and Japan.
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