A Parsons thesis project provides a minimalist, contemporary update to a product with an ancient legacy.
FIN is a tea cup and saucer set designed by Parsons student Hsin Lin for her thesis project at Parsons The New School For Design. The young designer lamented the loss of ceremony behind the act of tea drinking and aimed to modernize that concept with this sleek stackable set. With contemporary tea sets, the cups and saucers are traditionally stacked separately, eventually eliminating the need for the saucer altogether, but FIN joins the two elements to ensure that consumers make use of both pieces.
The saucer, made of cork, fits perfectly onto the handle of the cup (which arguably resembles a fin, perhaps providing the inspiration for the name), and the sets themselves stack for easy storage as well. As Lin says in her project description:
The unity of the cup and saucer will help our generation appreciate the ceremonial significance behind a simple cup of tea.
The concept brings to mind a similar stackable drinking set recently released for Ballantine’s whiskey, which also serves to create a ritual around the act of imbibing.
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