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Sora

Espresso Cup
2005 (designed), 2006 (introduced), ca. 2009 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Studio potter Chris Keenan designed 'Sora' for Habitat, making the prototypes by hand in his London studio. The range was inspired by traditional Japanese tableware. Many of the components are multi-functional and could be bought and used in a number of combinations. Unlike a traditional range, the same patterns and glazes are not used throughout.


Object details

Category
Object type
TitleSora (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Porcelain, brown glaze
Brief description
Espresso cup, porcelain, from the 'Sora' range designed by Chris Keenan for Habitat, made in Japan, introduced 2006.
Physical description
Sora / Espresso Cup. Habitat Sku 984464. Porcelain espresso cup of rounded form, the exterior with brown glaze.
Dimensions
  • Height: 5.7cm
  • Diameter: 6.5cm
  • Depth: 8.9cm
Marks and inscriptions
Habitat logo of a heart within the outline of a house, printed on base.
Credit line
Given by Chris Keenan and Habitat (UK) Ltd
Object history
The Sora range was designed by Chris Keenan between January and May 2005 at his London studio using hand-made prototypes. The wares were made in Nagoya, Japan. The range was launched as part of the Habitat Autumn/Winter collection in 2006. According to the designer, Sora was known within Habitat as a "hero" range, and accorded high publicity. It was discontinued in 2009.
Production
Designed by Chris Keenan at his London studio for Habitat, and made in Nagoya, Japan.
Summary
Studio potter Chris Keenan designed 'Sora' for Habitat, making the prototypes by hand in his London studio. The range was inspired by traditional Japanese tableware. Many of the components are multi-functional and could be bought and used in a number of combinations. Unlike a traditional range, the same patterns and glazes are not used throughout.
Collection
Accession number
C.189-2009

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Record createdOctober 26, 2009
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