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is a porcelain tea and coffee set that is supposed to call attention on the matter of thoughtless design and consumerism.

When I started to work on the design of an object for the exhibition and the auction I was certain I wanted to make a tea set. But working with the kids in Nairobi’s slum got me thinking what purpose is there in another object such as a tea set. I was confronted with the way that we consume today in our world. Recourses are spent, people get exploited and one object after another gets replaced with an object matching the newest trend. Of cause I saw that the product designer is part of the problem.

So I tried to design a container for liquids that could express my concerns and still could be used as a tea or coffee set.


During this project I gained a lot of social design experience and it came conscious to me that the contemporary designer should question his design and its effects on society.



A molding of the brass Water Can was the basis for the porcelain model. Its glazed from the inside. The porcelain cup is also based on a mold of the brass cup.


In the process of burning the porcelain the objects had a contraction of ca. 14%.

When the porcelain was ready the next problem was the pouring. The water didn’t run out clean. So to ensure a clean pouring effect the pot needed a proper spout. I attached a short cylindrical spout to the unburned porcelain body, which mainly solved the problem.

WATER CAN: brass silvered

To find a shape I started crafting a can with brass. On top of a bowl shaped base I brazed a conical body with a simple hole as the spout. I used this brass can as a casting mold for a porcelain version.It has a round enchased bottom the finish is a silver covering.



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In the end I silvered the brass can to be food safe.


The hut, for the Nairobi slum schools, is one of the ideas for our project-work in Nairobi. It is supposed to bring people together for an exchange of ideas, experience and fun. We want to learn from our friends in Nairobi and use knowledge of both cultures to create an open Workspace. This space could be used for workshops or little celebrations.



The work with the kids in Nairobi started very good. there was an equal interest and excitement to work together. One reason for that was the wish to get an idea what the world of the team partner be like. Internet calls and social media messengers were the tools to talk about the common grounds but also about differences. In the process drinking tea became an interesting common ground. Drinking Tea as a Ritual is common all over the World.



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