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Melting Ceramic Teacups and Bowls Look Like Sad Ice Cream

For a lot of us, it’s been one helluva hot summer, and it looks as though our dishware can’t even escape the sweltering heat. But get this: It’s all part of artist Livia Marin’s ‘Nomad Patterns.’

In this series, Marin created beautiful teapots, bowls and other delicate ceramics that appear as if they’re melting into an equally beautiful molten puddle. We have no idea how she achieved this, but her attention to detail and intricate patterns are truly impressive.

Even though these sculptures aren’t functional, we still think they’d make for some pretty cool kitchen accents. Or the key part of a great prank.

H/T Design Taxi + PicThx Livia Marin

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This Weather-Reflecting Tea Cup Is Perfect for Brooding

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There’s a singular, understated joy one discovers while sitting down in quiet living rooms and staring outside and sipping cups of tea – a level of contemplation which, though probably unfamiliar to the Starbucks to-go Frappuccino set, is nevertheless perfectly suited to more introspective activities such as, say, watching your tea cup predict the weather. Well, predict the weather that’s already happening, anyway.

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Created by a freelancer based in – (where else?) – London, UK, this “Storm in a Teacup” concept device was designed to reflect three current weather conditions using lights, fans and steaming, sputtering . . . things. A fan on the accompanying teaspoon spins at varying intensities to reflect wind speed, an array of lights inside the cup change in brightness to mimic sunlight and when it rains, the teacup can produce clouds, rain and even lightning if it wants to. In other words, this teacup is one bad b*tch.

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Of course, the existing copy isn’t super-clear as to how the cup determines exactly what the “local weather conditions” are and since it is just a concept design, it doesn’t look like it’ll be available commercially anytime soon. Many commenters over at Design Taxi, moreover, have cried “Vids or it didn’t happen!” but a quick web search reveals no such video currently exists.

Still, if you watch the GIF below and imagine really, really hard, you can kind of guess what this thing would look like in action. It’s practically the same thing.

H/T + PicThx Design Taxi

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This Clever Mug Keeps Your Tea Bag from Sinking

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We’re in love with the totally sweet design of the Tea Cup SlingsHot — which essentially solves one of the most annoying issues that tea drinkers often encounter: The moment the tea bag string falls into your hot tea and is lost forever in watery oblivion. It makes for a sorry sight as dismayed tea drinkers attempt to retrieve their dignity without scalding their fingers.

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The Tea Cup SlingsHOT works by inserting the string through the groove — so you can easily pull the teabag up and back against the edge of the mug in case it does fall in, while also squeezing all of the liquid out of the bag.

A few criticisms though, courtesy of the commenters on Yanko Design:

User K. Denny writes:

A very clever solution and an attractive mug. Unfortunately it’s missing the mark on a few points. First, the previously mentioned problem of strings detaching from bags. Second, when making tea, you should not squeeze the bag – that makes for bitter tea. Finally, simply looping the string around the mug’s handle keeps it from falling in, so was there ever an actual problem to solve here? Perhaps a cup with a tiny cleat, hook or knob to wrap the string around would do it.

And user L-J brought up another point:

What stops the tea from being channeled down the outside of the handle, as the tea is squeezed from the teabag?

OK, so there may be a few pitfalls — including the difficulty of cleaning this beauty — and we have yet to see this lovely design by Samir Sufi come to fruition. ‘Til then, we’ll keep our eyes peeled and our teabags and kettles ready.

H/T Yanko Design

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Tilting Teacup Aims To Streamline Your Brewing and Drinking

 

When it comes to brewing those loof leaves, streamlining the process can always get better. That’s where designer Laura Bougdanos under the Magisso brand has created the Magisso Teacup, a product that aims to bridge the tasks of brewing and drinking hot tea into one complete package. In essence, what was created was a tilting teacup. Loose tea is put into the strainer, water is filled up to the leaves, you let it steep and then tilt the cup the opposite direction.

When this badboy is in stock, it costs $19.95.