The Cup Suite
The Cup Suite
The Cup Suite (2000). set of 3 beakers, cup, mug and saucer in porcelain. The suite was designed for Manfredi Enterprises in 2000 and manufactured by Royal Thai Porcelain and Monno Ceramics, Bangladesh
‘The Cup Suite’ results from a interdisciplinary research model crossing the fields of product design, computer modeling, culinary practice and manufacturing. It examines relationships between technology and collaboration between artists, designers and manufacturers, and uses computer-modeling technology to test existing limits between the conceptual and tangible in design practice. Conceptually, The Cup Suite establishes a framework that synthesizes aesthetic and quantitative strategies to enhance sustainable design objectives in product development. Interlocking and interchangeable tableware items designed for the Cup Suite reflect a fluid oscillation that acts a multifunctional metaphor for tableware design. It visually activates a functional schema where individual tableware items physically interact with different sizes and formats in the range, extending the utility of each and enabling a corresponding reduction in tooling, manufacturing and distribution costs associated with redundant variants. The strategy leverages quantitative efficiencies of the design through ‘emotional capital’. In doing so it amplifies the benefits achieved in the ‘use’ phase of the object lifecycles and affords various tableware presentation formats and functionality within a single tableware setting.
The ʻCup Suiteʻ is distributed by Manfredi Enterprises and holds international registrations. A subject for discussion on the Sydney Radio Programme ʻBy Design”, the Cup suite was included in the exhibition Smart Works at the Powerhouse Museum in 2007. This influential survey exhibition showcased the place and meaning of the ʻhandmadeʼ in design and relationships between individuals and partnerships, nationally and internationally.A manufactured example of the cup suite is held in the Museumʼs permanent Collection. The ongoing success of the ʻCup Suiteʻ was recently celebrated with a tenth anniversary ‘Cup Suite’ design undertaken in 2010 with Frost design.