In an effort to create the most comfortable cup of tea possible, Japan-based Cement Design decided to combine Japanese ceramics with everyday feel-good textures. Their “Trace Face” collection comes in “wool” and “rattan basket” cups, as well as a bowl and a lamp created using the same technique.
Even though the objects were made on a large scale, the design studio wanted them to retain a warm, human element. To make sure that they looked and felt artisanal, they chose to work with Yoshi Takahashi, a craftsman from Japan’s Aichi prefecture who created a mold for each version of the cup. So as you drink your tea or coffee, you may feel the touch of Japanese craftsmanship along with the cup’s unique texture.
The Horitsuke workshop – where the magic happens
Pictures by Horitsuke and Cement Design