Drawing attention; Art & Tea
Amsterdam – Drawing attention; Art & Tea. A new tea set has been introduced for the Royal Afternoon Tea. The porcelain was designed by artist Thomas Hillebrand and designer Nina Constantinescu.
The artist Tomas Hillebrand, who also works as a curator at Museum Jan van der Togt in Amstelveen, is known for his stunning glass sculptures. The drawings he created for the Amstel Hotel’s new tea set show a very different side to his artistry. Tomas feels very comfortable with this genre too. He graduated from the Rietveld Academy and is specialised in large scale drawings.
For the tea sets, he collaborated with designer Nina Constantinescu and Amstel Hotel management assistant Jolanda Kamies, to find and create several iconic hotel elements that laid the foundations for the design. Because the designs are hand-drawn, they strove to keep the details without it becoming too minimalistic and playful.
The edges of the porcelain tell their own story. One edge features the Hogesluis bridge spanning the Amstel, as well as the water and the salon boats. Another tells the story of the interior, based on the ceiling ornaments and details from the rug.
The result is a cheerful, elegant and ornate collection featuring the dark blue of the Lounge with gold accents – much like the colour combination as for example of the hotel staff uniforms.
One thing is for certain: this tea set is entirely unique.