"Not My Cup Of Tea" at Chamber Boutique/Gallery

Curator: Nora Wolf
date: October 14, 2014
Categories: Art, Design in Music, Product Design
Tags: music, store
Not My Cup Of Tea

Two weeks ago I was invited to attend the grand opening of Chamber, a high-concept boutique/gallery. Think of it as Moss 2.0. Every two years the founder will choose a different creative to curate the shop’s entire program with specially commissioned works and rare and vintage items.


At the opening, I really zoned in on this Chinese music box called "Not My Cup Of Tea." It's so beautiful and detailed. While I love design that really stays clean and true to its materials, this happens to be perfect in its decadence. My favorite part is that it's also a musical instrument. You not only need to insert a quarter to make it play, it's the quarter that produces the  melody as it hits the tea cups on the way down.


I learned while researching this piece that its based off “a cabinet which addresses the Dutch tradition of displaying one’s porcelain in a “pronkkast” as a symbol of status and happiness.”


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