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thorsten, my love


i'm a shameless thorsten van elten fan. he always digs up the most inventive and creative designs out there. they aren't always the most functional, practical, whatever, but they're always fun and always interesting. these two are part of that "disposable" trend that started a year or so again with everyone making ceramic cups that looked like foam coffee cups, etc. these two, the glass cup and wine glass as plastic cup are available online right here (prices are 35 pounds and 15 pounds, respectively).




Anonymous bill said...

Exactly how are these cooler than the acrylic table from yesterday ?

Basically the same idea but I actually think the table was wittier.

The cups as wine glass are silly. And not in a good way.
The single cup is nice. I generally like material reinventions, but good design? Not by my definition of design. More like good styling.

And the ceramic cups molded from styrofoam coffee cups (and other slip cast iterations of mundane objects) have been around in art school ceramics departments for a lot longer than a year or so...

12:56 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

i think the lines are cleaner and i just like em more. nothing fancier than that. just my spongey opinion.


(ps: i know that styro look was around for a while before, but not in main stream design arenas, which is what most of us deal with)

1:23 PM  
Anonymous Norma said...

They fall in the "fun" category for me. Something to make you smile. I wouldn't want a set! Are they available stateside? -- ordering from overseas is something I haven't braved yet.

1:29 PM  
Blogger decor8 said...


I did a triple take when I read the title of your post. My husband is named Thorsten! :)

By the way, lovvvvveeeee your neon chandy, you're the best ever rockin' that in your space.

Love your posts today...fun to read all of your great finds!


3:49 PM  
Anonymous Andy Griffith said...

I have the drinking glasses in my store in Los Angeles - I agree, I am not a big fan of the wine ones, but the smaller ones are amazing - they are borosilicate glass, so very strong and light, super-thin. The designer is Maxim Velcovsky, an amazingly talented designer - you can see more of his work at http://www.qubus.cz/
The porcelain wellie boots (also in store) are my favorate.
The glasses are $22 and the store is A+R, 323 913 9558...website soon.

6:46 PM  

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