Featured workHicham Lahlou: Dar

Moroccan everyday culture is inconceivable without coffee and tea. Fresh hot beverages are served everywhere, at all times, in small cups or glasses.

The Dar tea and coffee set by Moroccan designer Hicham Lahlou is, above all, a practical commodity item, while simultaneously becoming a decorative object echoing architectural gestures. The objects’ shapes are inspired by the work of notable architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, Richard Meier, Richard Neutra and Mies van der Rohe. Simultaneously, the set’s tea and coffee pots are inspired by the shape of the Hassan Tower at the Grand Mosque in Rabat. The landmark also finds echoes in the cups and sugar bowl, which follow the design of the pots. The tray provides the building site for the whole set. With Dar, Lahlou transforms an ancient, traditional set of items into a modernist ensemble, simultaneously linking the pieces to one of Morocco’s oldest buildings and the rich cultural heritage of this North African kingdom.

  • Tableware, stainless steel, ebony, porcelain, 24.8 × 72 × 26.3 cm © Hicham Lahlou Designer 2009. Photo by www.hichamlahlou.com

    Hicham Lahlou. Dar, 2009