Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The Beauty of Ordinary Objects

Ordinary objects are a testimony to the work of designers. Some objects are so recognizable that they become inconographic. Take the ordinary disposable coffee cup with lid. Someone designed it. And it's an incredibly sucessful design. Everyone recognizes it, and no doubt, probably every one has held one in their hand. Many of these recognizable objects are now being rendered into permanent art, perhaps in a nod to the green movement. Here are a few examples. Wouldn't these be cool lined up on a shelf?

The Not Paper Cup by Chiasso.

The carton vase by CB2.

Milk Bottle series by Alyssa Ettinger. I love these!

A ceramic version of the "We Are Happy to Serve You" cup. Brings back memories of dates at donut shops, hot chocolate at football games and my favorite egg drop soup. Available at MoMA.

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