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Tricky Starbucks Mugs Appear Full Even When You Tip ‘Em Over

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Japanese design studio Nendo is known for creating objects with out-of-the-box designs, such as their double helix chopsticks. Starbucks is one of their recent clients, and the studio has given the coffee chain’s classic white mugs an adorably unique makeover.

You know how Starbucks magically creates those caramel hatch patterns or foamy swirls at the top of their drinks? Well, Nendo came up with graphics for the bottom of the chain’s classic mug. Three designs are available — latte, Americano and caramel macchiato — and are strikingly realistic. So when you knock one of these over, it’ll confuse the heck out of onlookers.

According to the studio, it’s “a design that represents Starbucks’ worldview: of feeling fulfilled, and seeing the world as half-full, never half-empty.”

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Starbucks Mugs

As of right now, these cups are set to be released in Starbucks Japan.

Picthx Nendo

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These Dishes and Cups Are Permanently Covered in Ants

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Ants on your dishware usually aren’t something you want to see.  For many people, it’s a surefire way to ruin a lunch. Yet Evelyn Bracklow, a German artist, wants to put ants on your dishes, permanently. She’s created a set of porcelain plates covered with tiny hand-painted ants and it’s a mix of intriguing, horrifying and strangely beautiful.

The plates are classic white porcelain, with borders of gold paint varying in width. Yes they’re a little creepy, and yes, the thought of drinking your coffee while tiny ants stare at you from the bottom of your cup is a tad disconcerting, but alas, art! Apparently, Bracklow was inspired to create the unique dishware after seeing a real ants descend upon a real plate of food. ” The ants symbolize all the stories that any formerly discarded piece of porcelain carries with it. Where one once dined and drank, today ants bustle in ever new formations, every single one applied with a great love for detail,” she explained to Demilk.

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You can find Bracklow’s work on Etsy.

Picthx Evelyn Bracklow

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This Clever Dinnerware Literally Cuts Your Meals in Half

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It’s hard to control our food intake when stuff like Cronut Burgers and Moreos exist. Fortunately, we can rely on clever inventions like the ‘Halved’ dinnerware set to help keep face-stuffing episodes to a minimum.

Jo Djauhari, Fajar Kurnia and Jeremy Chia came up with this idea to literally cut dinnerware in half to eat healthier portions. The result? Plates, mugs and bowls resembling cool tabletop art that comes in yellow, blue, green, brown and white. While we’re obviously huge fans of eating, these guys could definitely be on to something.

‘Halved’ is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, so head on over if you’re in the market to practice portion control. Or if you just want half o’ mug for kicks. (We do.)

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Kickstarter

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Labyrinth Mugs are Creepy, Awesome

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There are very few thing’s that could make Jim Henson’s 1986 cult-classic Labyrinth more amazing or more creepy. Monster puppets? Check. 1980’s rock ballads? Check.  Jennifer Connelly performing early-era fanfic-slash in a geeky-chic nightgown? Check.

David Bowie in classic drag? Check, check and check.

Great, so now that we’ve agreed no one can improve the classic, let’s move on to paraphernalia — most recently these hand-painted mugs featuring those weird-ass door knockers that, like almost everyone else in the movie (excupt Ludo, of course. Who doesn’t love Ludo?), were entirely useless in finding that darn baby.

RileyMicDesigns of Etsy hand paints each mug, and says they are a-okay for dishwashers, but recommends hand-washing, because seriously, have you seen the movie? Make one mistake, and BAM, you’ve eaten a date-rape peach, and you’re in a weird masquerade with David Bowie and bubbles.

Fail.

Labyrinth Door Knocker Coffee Mugs $25 (Set of 2) @Etsy

H/T + PicThx That’s Nerdalicious

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These Fondue Mugs Solve Double Dipping Dilemma

Rid yourself of all of your double-dipping concerns and enjoy that melty chocolate or cheese in your very own Fondue Mug. There’s nothing like being handed the free reigns to get as much of that gooey goodness on your bread/vegetables/fruit or whatever else it is you like to fondue, no judgment here. Let’s face it, you never get as much as you want on that first dip. This microwave-and-dishwasher safe set of two mugs comes with a set of dipping forks and a space for tea candles at the bottom of each mug to keep your fondue at optimal consistency.

Perfect for a couch potato date with you and your lazy significant other, or for college kids like me, on another lonely night in your dorm room without a stove.

Fondue Mugs: $15 @ Amazon

via Incredible Things

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Geeks Rejoice, This Mug Has an Animated Battery Readout

Coffee mugs that change their design when the temperature of its contents rise and fall are nothing new — but the idea to incorporate an animated battery is a move not to be overlooked.

It’s called the Battery Thermokruzkhus Mug, and it’s probably the nerdiest thing you can drink your coffee out of short of a Darth Vader helmet. The intense imagery of caffeine being highlighted as our primary morning power source is what makes this mug so exquisite.

According to the product description, the ceramic mug is a classic black color with a white outline of a battery on it. It holds 10 ounces of your favorite hot beverage, but when anything over 96.8F (36C) enters its quarters, you get to watch the green cells within the batteries wall light up. The green cells begin to fade as the liquid cools or is consumed.

Buy: $14.99 @ ThinkGeek

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Topsy-Turvy Espresso Cups

If you’re bored with your predictable morning routine, try mixing it up a bit by enjoying some espresso in these topsy-turvy cups.  While they may appear to be tilted haphazardly, they are well-balanced so that the cup won’t topple over when you set it down.  So you can enjoy being quirky and spontaneous, without giving up functionality.  Each 4 oz. ceramic mug is handmade in Canada by artist Kwok Wai Lau. ($50 for set of 4 @ Uncommon Goods)