A Built-In Tea Party
A moment of preciousness in the Austrian pavilion: little porcelain treasures handmade in the Vienna factory of Augarten Wien. The teapots, sugar bowls, and creamers of the company’s Orient line are delicate, traditional shapes topped with knobs in the shape of busts. (The corresponding Eno series features more typical, organic knobs.) The combination could have been concocted by the whimsical, Netherland-based Studio Job, but actually, they were designed by Wiener Werkstätte artist Ena Rottenberg in 1930. According to company rep Caterina Koenig, this is the first time the 288-year-old company has come to ICFF. So while you can find its products stateside only at Moss and the shop at Neue Galerie for now, Koenig hopes that that could soon change.