Whether you are at home or in the office, alone or with friends, in front of a computer or beside the crackle of a fire; mugs are part of our everyday life. Somehow, our love for coffee and tea has infiltrated our lives in unimaginable ways. Mugs admirably take on our hot coffee, and lovingly embrace boiling hot water as our tea gently infuses inside. Above all, as we wrap our hands and fingers around the cup, and take our first sip of this liquid gold, the chill of the winter weather outside slowly disappears from our minds. Tea and coffee mugs have always been both an aesthetically pleasing and practical piece of crockery. For centuries, home owners have had their daily use cups and fine china sets for when guests unexpectedly pop over. These little treasures are doing everything possible to seduce us; not only by their use, but also because of the myriad of styles, colours and patterns that they are available in today. From the 'I love my Mum' mugs, to elegantly hand-painted works of art, today we are going to look at range of different mugs that you can either keep for yourself, or perhaps choose as a great Christmas gift for friends and family this year. Take a look…
Printed mugs often feature graphic designs of plants or symbols such as chevrons, crowns, poppies, and even coffee beans. So, why not invite animals to the party? This collection, designed by American artist Rachel Kozlowski for West Elm, shows that even within the realm of the animal kingdom, life doesn't need to be taken so seriously. Much like the acclaimed Disney movie Bed Knobs & Broomsticks, which humanised the inhabitants of Isle of Naboombu, we see a ram with a bow tie, a penguin and cheetah with a necklace and a cute little owl with top hat and monocle. Finished in gold, these designs are elegant and ornate, and are both a quirky and refined way to sip away your winter blues.
In contrast to the delicate faces on the mugs above, MAKE international has joined forces with quirky British designer Jane Foster, to create this range of Scandinavian inspired mugs. Just like people, animals come in many different shapes and sizes, and this has been evidenced in a fun and exciting way! In a modern, 2-dimensional take on art, these bold and colourful mugs are the perfect way to brighten up your desk, table and even your day! The cheeky black and white panda mug is the hero of the range, with this style being an international hit! We have no doubt that after seeing this picture, one of these mugs will make it into your family.
These nifty little mugs come readily packed with an equally as gorgeous box. If you were starved for ideas for useful and bold Christmas gifts for family, or even your favourite co-workers, these mugs are sure to be a crowd pleaser! Be wary though, you may end up keeping one or more for yourself. If that's the case, why not have one for everyday of the week? Blue for Monday, Pink for Tuesday, and so forth. This is a great way to keep you on your toes, and looking forward to each day that passes.
For those who get weak at the knees whenever something retro is mentioned, we even have a mug especially for you. These adorable bulbous cups in ice cream colours, are perfect for tea every Sunday (as written), but we think they're great for everyday! Looking as though they are straight out of the sixties, homify experts PLAN d, have us well and truly fooled.
For those that prefer something a little more subtle and understated, this adorable pastel coloured mug with watermelon motif is sure to have you remembering the sweetness of Mother Nature's summer gifts. In conjunction with the place-mat and succulent cacti in the background, this is a wonderful setting to enjoy your morning tea or coffee. Don't let winter get you down—you can feel chirpy and happy every day! After all, the half moon shape of the watermelon does, in an abstract sense, resemble a smile!
Taking a moment away from mug designs, in this example, captured expertly by Rosangela Photography, we are going to take a look at a way to re-purpose mugs and cups that are much loved, but have unfortunately seen better days. Perhaps a gift from a relative or a prized flea-market find, there comes a time when porcelain gives way, and unsightly stains, chips and cracks begin to take hold. Given a new chance at life, this mug is being used for yet another purpose - as a sugar holder! In line with the ideals of upcycling and environmental reuse, we don't need to continue to fill landfill with rubbish—we can definitely find other practical uses around the house for pre-loved objects such as these.
To finish, we wanted to show you a great way to put your best mugs on show. Instead of hanging cutlery, pots and pans, why not put your favourite porcelain out in the open? More often than not (and as evidenced above), mugs are brightly decorated with fun and exciting patterns and colours. So, bring a little pizazz into your kitchen, and let your growing collection of mugs take centre stage. This is also a great idea for children, as it allows them to articulate which is their favourite, as well as learn different animals, colours and shapes!
We hope you have enjoyed this selection of tea and coffee mugs and cups, and that perhaps you have taken away some fun and quirky ideas either for yourself or for gifts!
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