Macchiato Mugs

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Designer: Romy Northover of ‘NO.’ ceramics

Macchiato Mugs by Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

The proportions of these little macchiato mugs are so well placed and thought out. The long, gaping handles contrast effectively with the espresso sized cups.

Macchiato Mugs by Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

They’re so beautifully considered that I’m willing to overlook the fact that I only know one person who has ever ordered a macchiato! Though that is entirely my own fault for both being Irish and living in Britain. We only just got coffee shops for realsies in the last 5 years or so. We have other culture OK?! (Our swill baskets for one.)

Macchiato Mugs by Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

Ms. Northover opened an artist’s space in New York in 2012 at Togei Kyoshitsu, available to students of the traditional Japanese pottery school, where anyone can take classes. Originally trained in European ceramic arts in Venice, Berlin and at Goldsmiths here in London, she changed focus after working in Hong Kong. She now favours the Japanese techniques of Kinuneri (a kneading method that’s also used in making soba-noodle dough), Tebineri (similar to coil pots) and Rokuro (throwing -watch this mesmerising video-). I imagine availing of the classes provided at the artist’s spaces at Togei Kyoshitsu helped her hone her skills.

Macchiato Mugs by Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

The artistic, painterly brush strokes daubed onto the little mugs perfectly reference the Japanese workmanship. They have a calligraphic flair and a looseness that only comes with years of experience. These mugs are part of the Freedom collection.

‘No.’ ceramics studio is in Long Island City NYC and is stocked around the world but, as always (if you can), its nice to buy direct from the artist at her online shop.

Macchiato Mugs by Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

I can’t finish up this post without showing you Northover’s gorgeous tea cups that lead me to find the ‘No.’ studio range:

Romy Northover as seen on The Product Edit

If you do like her stuff then check out the rest of her work on romyno.com, don’t miss the Mountain Bolt and Tigris collections. For the nosey, like me, check out her Pinterest, where you can really see her influences, especially in ‘World’, ‘Spirit Animal’, and ‘2D’.

Image Credits: Romy No. / No.’s Instagram

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Ceramic Tableware

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Designer: Hyu-jin Jo

This is all about texture.

Hyu-jin Jo as seen on The Product Edit

Hyu-jin Jo works from a base of simple shapes (my favourite!) and layers the texture on by carving away from the surface of the ceramics. She is currently exhibiting in ‘MADE FRESH’ until April 25th at Yorkshire Artspace in Sheffield, England.

Hyu-jin Jo as seen on The Product Edit

In an interview with Made North she divulges that she is most proud of the blue and black earthenware pieces because she created the colours in the clay and slipwork herself, which is admirable. But to me, the way light passes through the bone china bowls, at the places where she has carved the surface away, pushes their aesthetic above and beyond the heavier blue/black pieces. They actually glow… So pretty.

Hyu-jin Jo as seen on The Product Edit

Hyu-jin Jo’s work is influenced by ancient Korean ceramics and technology. The proportions are really well balanced, especially this teapot with a looped handle and a happy little spout. Christ, I think she is still at Uni too… *Wails: What talent is there left over for rest of us?!*

Hyu-jin Jo as seen on The Product Edit

Made North itself was a bit of a brainwave, “a platform for northern designer/makers [that] showcases and promotes work via contemporary gallery space in the heart of Sheffield and online [at] www.madenorthstore.co.uk.” Looks good to me   : )

Image Credits: Great Northern Events / Made North

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Geo Vacuum Flask

Designer: Nicholai Wiig HansenGeo Vacuum Jug grey

Geo Vacuum Jug grey detail

This flask is one of my favourite recent product discoveries. Circles make me really happy… Concentric circles? Ooof, even better.

Geo Flask Blush Nude Group

The shapes in this flask are so crisp. Poul Madsen, Normann Copenhagen’s CEO sums the flask up perfectly, describing it as a…

“… flask that is sharp in its mode of expression, playful in its colouring, and unique in its function…” – Madsen

Nicholai Wiig Hansen, the bloody genius, has managed to design it with both fluid lines and sharp edges all in one design. I’m told it keeps a good coffee nice and hot too.

Geo Vacuum Jug grey divider from above

On the strength of winning a Red Dot award and a German Design Award ‘special mention’ in 2013, the flask has been joined by other ‘Geo’ table ware items, but the flask itself is still the belle of the ball.

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Geo Flask Collection Pink Tea

Available at Normann Copenhagen.

Images from the Normann Copenhagen blog.
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