If you're a minimalist like me and prefer your coffee cup design sans handle, but aren't crazy about burning your hands on a fresh brew, Studio Lorier has the perfect solution. The Rotterdam-based designer has found a clever way to isolate the heat in the coffee- or tea-filled cup through clever 'fins' that also create a nicely textured surface, ticking both the practical and aesthetic boxes. And these fins also provide a superior grip to the conventional smoothness of mugs - good news for those of us who are accident prone!
The design is inspired by the shape of an engine's heat sink. Due to the shape of the narrow fins, less heat will transfer out, thus isolating the heat and saving your hands. The stackable, porcelain mugs are made in the Netherlands and available in four pleasing colours. You can pre-order until April 7 by backing Studio Lorier's Kickstarter campaign. The goal has already been reached so they will be going into production - I've ordered two medium cups and can't wait to receive them! They also come in a large size if you like your coffee tall. Optional add-ons include a matching mini saucer for bite-sized treats or silicone lid to drink on the go.
Photos courtesy Studio Lorier