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Post-Modern Tea Sets

POSTMODERN STYLE

Strictly speaking, postmodern design was a short-lived movement that manifested itself chiefly in Italy and the United States in the early 1980s. The characteristics of postmodern furniture and other postmodern objects included hot-colored, loud-patterned, usually plastic surfaces; strange proportions and weird angles; and a vague-at-best relationship between form and function.

Critics derided postmodern design as a grandstanding bid for attention and nothing of consequence. The fact that, decades later, postmodern design still has the power to provoke thoughts (along with other reactions) proves they were not entirely correct.

Postmodernism began as an architectural critique. Starting in the 1960s, a small cadre of mainly American architects began to argue that modernism, once high-minded and even noble in its goals, had become stale, stagnant and blandly corporate. In the next decade in Milan, a cohort of designers led by Ettore Sottsass and Alessandro Mendini brought the discussion to bear on design.

Sottsass and Michele de Lucchi, in 1980, gathered a core group of young designers, which would come to include Michael Graves, Marco Zanini, Shiro Kuramata and Matteo Thun, into a design collective they called Memphis. The Memphis Group saw design as a means of communication and they wanted it to shout. That it did: the first Memphis collection appeared in 1981 and broke all the modernist taboos, embracing irony, kitsch, wild ornamentation and bad taste.

Memphis works remain icons of postmodernism: the Sottsass Casablanca bookcase, with its leopard-print plastic veneer; de Lucchi’s First chair, which has been described as having the look of an electronics component; Martine Bedin’s Super lamp: a pull-toy puppy on a power cord leash. After the initial Memphis show caused an uproar, postmodern design quickly took off in America. The architect Robert Venturi had already begun a series of plywood chairs for Knoll Inc. with beefy, exaggerated silhouettes of traditional styles such as Queen Anne and Chippendale. In 1982, the new firm Swid Powell enlisted a group of top American architects, including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Stanley Tigerman and Venturi to create postmodern tableware in silver, ceramic and glass.

On 1stDibs, the collection of postmodern furniture includes seating, decorative objects, lighting fixtures and more.

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Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, Six Jungle Tea Cups with Saucer in Porcelain
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni Versace for Rosenthal. Six Jungle tea cups with saucer in porcelain with gold decoration and green leaves, late 20th century. In perfect condition. The cup measures: 10 x 6 ...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Rare Memphis Porcelain Rolf Sinnemark Rörstrand 'Atlantis' series Teapot 1984
Located in Boven Leeuwen, NL
Rare Memphis style 'Atlantis' series porcelain Teapot with printed geometric decoration in black, grey and white, designed by Rolf Sinnemark ca. 1984, made by Rörstrand, Stockholm. ...
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1980s Swedish Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Keith Haring for Villeroy & Boch, Tea Service
Located in Brussels, BE
Villeroy & Boch porcelain tea set, decorated with drawings by Keith Haring, produced in 1991. Limited to 500 copies Please note that the large serving dish and the certificate are ...
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1990s German Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Peter Shire Anchorage Teapot for Memphis, 1982
By Peter Shire, Rossi & Arcandi
Located in Kansas City, MO
This is a rare "Anchorage Teapot" by designer and artist Peter Shire. Rossi e Arcandi for Memphis, Milano, 1982. The teapot is completely original and shows signs of wear to be expec...
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Silver Plate, Brass

Helena Uglow for Mikasa Cream & Sugar Tea Set
Located in Austin, TX
Mikasa Postmodern/Memphis "Millennium with Red Graphics" tea service 2 piece sugar & creamer set designed by Helena Uglow, 1980s. Each piece is marked Millennium VA071 on the bottom....
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1980s Japanese Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Nefertiti Teapot Matteo Thun for Memphis-Milano Original, 1980s
Located in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Vintage original 1980s Nefertiti tea pot. Red is vintage color which is no longer production now. There is signature on bottom. Designed by Matteo Thun for Memphis Milano.
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1980s Italian Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Memphis Milano Teapot and Cup
By Feltman Products, Peter Shire
Located in Austin, TX
Peter Shire style tea set by Feltman Langer. This rare vintage porcelain teapot and matching cup features a unique triangular shape, circular handle and thin rhombic spout. Pris...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain, Paint

Salins Studio France Tea Set by Pierre Casenove, Set of 3
Located in Austin, TX
This tea set was created by Pierre Casenove for Salins Studio France. He married postmodern Memphis style with understated Art Deco style to create visually compelling, architectural...
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1980s French Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Set of 4 White Hat Bowl by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 white hat bowl by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 15 Dimensions: Diameter 16 x H 5 cm Material: Handmade ceramic Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Mique Sweden Yellow Tea Set
Located in Austin, TX
Let's face it, the 80's are back! This yellow and black-speckled teapot with four cups epitomizes Classic Memphis style design with its triangular handles. The tea set would have fit...
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Late 20th Century Swedish Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain, Paint

Set of 4 Small White Bowl by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 small white bowl by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 8 Dimensions: diameter 8.5 x height 8 cm Material: handmade ceramic Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love o...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Kazuko Matthews Stoneware Post Modern California Studio Zig Zag Teapot with Lid
Located in Pasadena, CA
Flattened stoneware Post Modernist vase by California studio artist Kazuko Matthews. Teapot measures 16.5" by 9.5" by 3" and is signed Kazuko Matthews on the bottom. In very good vin...
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1990s American Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Stoneware

Ceramic Set Form 3000 'Sicilia' by Arzberg, 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 11-piece porcelain tea/coffee set 'Sicilia' form 3000 ceramic set by Hans Theo Baumann for Arzberg Porzellan, Germany. The set contains a tea/coffee pot with lid, a small ca...
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1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Tea Set 'Fantasia' by Matteo Thun, 1980
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning Memphis-style Seven-piece porcelain tea set 'Fantasia' with 'Carre Noir' decor by Matteo Thun for Arzberg Porzellan, Germany. The set contains a tea pot with lid, two cups w...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Memphis Postmodern Porcelain Teapot and Cups by Fitz & Floyd, 1985
Located in San Diego, CA
A rare and beautiful porcelain teapot designed by Fitz & Floyd stamped and dated 1985, great design unique and rare set.
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20th Century Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Postmodern Tea Kettle with Cream & Sugar by Michael Graves for Alessi
Located in San Diego, CA
A classic postmodern / Memphis era teapot with cream & sugar designed by Michael Graves for Alessi, circa the 1980s. The set is in good vintage condition and measures 10.25"W x 9"D x...
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20th Century Italian Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Stainless Steel

Peter Shire Postmodern Memphis Ceramic Double Spouted Teapot
Located in Pasadena, CA
Large scale ceramic double spouted teapot created by Los Angeles designer and artist of the Memphis Group, Peter Shire. Teapot measures 16" high by 14.5" wide and 5.5" deep. It is si...
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Early 2000s American Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Lutz Rabold 'City Scape' Tea Set for Arzberg, 1980
By Arzberg, Lutz Rabold
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful Memphis-style tea set 'City-Scape' by Lutz Rabold for Arzberg Porcelain, Germany including one tea pot and lid (9.5in x 7.5in x 5.5in), one creamer (3.5in x 4.25in x 3.0in)...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Postmodern Teapot Set in Blue Speckle Pattern
Located in Richmond, VA
Rare, sculptural tea set in blue speckle pattern. Includes lightweight enamelware teapot and ceramic lidded sugar bowl, signed. Dimensions: Teapot measures 9.5” L, 6” W, 7” H. ...
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Late 20th Century Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Dorothy Hafner Flash Marking Tea Set
Located in Austin, TX
Dorothy Hafner is an American ceramist and glass artist. In 1979 she established Art In Dining in New York City, under which she designed porcelain tableware for Neiman Marcus, Tiffa...
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1980s German Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

White Tea Pot by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
White Tea Pot by Toru Hatta Unique Piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x H 12.5 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Holds up to 600ml. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. Hi...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

White Glazed Tea Pot by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
White glazed tea pot by Toru Hatta Unique piece Dimensions: Diameter 11 x height 12.5 cm Material: Handmade ceramic. Holds up to 600ml. Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Unglazed Tea Pot by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Unglazed tea pot by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 2 Dimensions: Diameter 11 x Height 12.5 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic. Unglazed. Holds up to 600ml. Toru Hatta was bo...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Large White Tea Cup by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Large white tea cup by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 11 Dimensions: Diameter 9.5 x H 6.5 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic Toru Hatta was both in Kanazawa in 1977. His love of ...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Post-Modern Hand Decorated Studio Pottery Vessel
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Post-modern studio pottery spouted, lidded vessel with colorful hand decoration Circa 1986. Signed on underside BL 1986.
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1980s American Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Pottery

Peter Shire Post Modernist Memphis Design Ceramic Teapot
Located in Pasadena, CA
Spouted teapot created by Los Angeles artist and designer of the Memphis Group, Peter Shire. Teapot measures: 10" high by 12.5" wide and 5.5" deep. It is signed EXP, 1999. In very go...
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1990s American Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Ceramic

Seam Tea Service from the Haute Couture Series by Konstantin Grcic
Located in Denton, MD
Teapot: 5.5" h with lid x 9" x 6", Warmer: 3" h x 6 diameter, cups: 2.5" h x 3" x 4", creamer: 1.75" h x 2.5" x 2.25", sugar bowl: 2...
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Early 2000s German Post-Modern Tea Sets

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Porcelain

Whimsical Ceramic Teapot Postmodern Design by Walchtersbach, Germany
Located in San Diego, CA
Whimsical ceramic teapot by Walchtersbach circa 1970s, made in West Germany great Postmodern design beautiful colors.
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic

Ceramic Set Form 3000 'Sicilia' by Arzberg, 1970
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Stunning 11-piece porcelain tea/coffee set 'Sicilia' form 3000 ceramic set by Hans Theo Baumann for Arzberg Porzellan, Germany. The set contains a tea/coffee pot with lid, a small ca...
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1970s German Vintage Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Gianni Versace for Rosenthal, Five Large "Ivy Leaves" Teacups with Saucers
Located in Copenhagen, Denmark
Gianni versace for Rosenthal. Five large "Ivy Leaves" teacups with saucers, late 20th century. In perfect condition. The cup measures: 10.5 x 6 cm. The saucer measures: 16.5 cm. ...
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Late 20th Century German Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Porcelain

Set of 4 Small White Tea Cup by Toru Hatta
Located in Geneve, CH
Set of 4 small white tea cup by Toru Hatta Limited Edition of 10 Price for set of 4 Dimensions: Diameter 8.5 x Height 9 cm Material: Handmade Ceramic Toru Hatta was both in Kan...
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2010s Japanese Post-Modern Tea Sets

Materials

Ceramic