Stain Teacup: Age is Beautiful?

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From artist Bethan Laura Wood, these teacups are meant to show their age.

The interior surface of the cup is treated so as to stain more in predetermined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed. Over time they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.

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In a culture that prizes the new, I'd love to see such principles applied to popular electronics. Instead of the constant fear of scratching your beloved iPod, the only user who could reveal intricate designs would be be long-term user.

Of course, the artistic rust coloring would be spoiled with the realization that my hands are indeed that filthy on a regular basis...we'll just stick with the tea.

Stain Teacup [via make]

DISCUSSION

If you're still using a regular old coffee/tea mug that just looks disgusting, the stuff that's used to clean coffee makers will get that brown glop out of the bottom really quickly. Dunno if it'd make one of those artistic jobbies look new so you could start all over again.