Kopia is a modular tableware set in porcelain and cork by István Böjte, inspired by an old Hungarian tradition, the kopjafa. A kopjafa is a wooden obelisk that was used to celebrate a funeral ceremony (kopjafa essentially means headstone, or head wood in this case), but also to commemorate the life of the deceased person through the carved symbols on top of the kopjafa. Different symbols described different aspects of the persons life such as sex, profession, age, and character. Later on the kopjafa was used to celebrate national events and anniversaries. The pieces of the set were achieved by dividing the kopjafa into it’s formal-symbolic parts and making them in porcelain.
photo credits: Sirio Vanelli