Modern Vintage: Design and Function with your Morning Coffee

I stopped in at the Art Institute of Chicago last month to check out their new modern wing and fell for this little gem of a coffee service set which was part of the museum’s Avant-Garde Art in Everyday Life exhibit running through Oct 9, 2011.

Would you have guessed this design is dated from the turn of the 20th century when ornate Victorian was still in vogue?  This coffee service was designed circa 1901/1902 by Austrian artist Jutta Sika who was part of the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) artist community.  I love the minimalist blue and white color palette and the geometrical themes that run throughout the pieces!