Taking inspiration from the distinctive shape of water towers and from Hilla & Bernd Becher’s iconic photographs, CUTE cups are immediately recognisable from their narrow base supporting the holder above it. This is not an aesthetic tic – far from it. The feature allows the user to take hold of the cup without risking burning their fingers, as they slide naturally under the holder. Made by our best ceramicists from cream-coloured glazed pottery, CUTE stands out for the unsual gentleness of its material and for the soft, generous curves that give it a certain sensuality and a dash of Japanese timelessness.« GOOD DESIGN IS USEFUL OF COURSE BUT ALSO TRANSCENDS ITS FUNCTION BY BRINGING A POETIC DIMENSION TO THE PIECE THROUGH THE MATERIALS THAT ARE CHOSEN, AND PERHAPS ALSO BY QUESTIONING THIS CHOICE".»
Of this set of six cups, one has a gilded edging on its base. An aesthetic whim or a way to bring new life to the ceremonial aspect of drinking coffee? Whether you save it for a special guest or use it to hold the sugar, so as not to offend anyone, it asks you to make a decision... A simple act of having to choose that spices up a coffee break.