Lunar Porcelain Coffee Cup and Saucer Set
Celebrating natural light and shadow, the Lunar Porcelain Coffee Cup and Saucer Set captures the color of the lunar aureole through the color glaze. A spray gun with a small aperture nozzle was used to spray on the undulating arc surface to form a subtle color gradient effect; on the whole, it abides by the concept that color follows form.
As for tactile sense, glazes with different frosting tactile degrees were transitionally sprayed and overlapped with each other, forming a gradual change in tactile sense and gloss, in addition to color. Double-sided glazing and manual silver tracing make each piece more exquisite, ensuring the integrity of each utensil when viewed from any angle. The plate can be used to place things on both sides, which also gives new ways to store and stack, creating a freer user experience.
Cup Dimensions: Diameter: 3.14 inches, Height: 1.96 inches
Saucer Dimensions: Diameter: 4.65 inches, Height: 0.86 inches
In modeling design, Lunar reduces the design intervention of appearance design in the body. The concave arc surface at the bottom of the utensil is a natural collapse formed due to the joint action of ceramic softening and self-weight under high-temperature firing, eventually leading to the graceful, transitional arc surface. Porcelain is by nature malleable, soft and warm. It’s only in the firing process that it gets rigid, hard and cool. Lunar expresses the true nature of the material. The application of this material property becomes the appearance design language which unifies the style of the whole collection.
Studio KAE is an emerging design and material research studio based in Shanghai. Their design practice is carried with emotions, blending the exploration of handcrafts with experimental production processes, taking everyday materials and reinterpreting them with a contemporary flair.
ZHEKAI ZHANG is the studio’s principal designer, dedicated to bringing new insights into home products with innovative production and sustainable materials. His design philosophy is to develop unique design languages from the perspective of the relationship between fundamental industrial production and craftsmanship.