Esin Arsan unveiled a collection of clever coffee cups at this year's Model Citizens show that reveal endangered animal specials as you sip your daily cup of joe. Inspired by the tradition of fortune telling by reading the shapes left by coffee grounds, each of these unique teacups has an unglazed section that darkens into the form of an endangered animal after you finish a cup of coffee or tea.
The simple silhouettes appear as if by magic, however Arsan let us in on the trick – as the drink stains the unglazed part of the cup the shape of the animal is formed. Working within the concept of involving “endangered animals into the daily coffee routine”, the designs serve as a little reminder of “the approaching danger of extinction.”
These great teacups are stylish yet subtle, and they provide food-for thought with their multi-faceted design. We look forward to seeing more work by Esin Arsan, who recently graduated from the Industrial Design department of Pratt Institute.