29 February 2024

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Details that Count — Cups and Mugs to Elevate the Everyday

Image Courtesy of Hay

Words by Claire Walsh

As many of us spend more time at home, the daily rituals we once unconsciously undertook have become more meaningful. Cups of tea and coffee are punctuating these days and they deserve an elegant vessel. Fine porcelain, best for teas and infusions, is pricier, but eBay has affordable vintage pieces and seconds; Gustavsberg Pottery and Royal Copenhagen are good names to search.

Tempered glass mugs by Arcoroc or Duralex are inexpensive, iconic and good all-rounders; pick them up second-hand on Etsy or new on Amazon. Or select something less uniform and more unique, a one off that will bring you joy every time you reach for it. Here are Patter’s pick of mugs and cups:

  1. Kinto Atelier Tete Cup & Saucer — £20
  2. Vintage Arcoroc Glass Mugs — £22.75 (set of four)
  3. Leach Pottery Tenmoku Glaze Mug — £22
  4. Eco Cups by Nam Tran — £40 (set of two)
  5. Vintage Peter Shire from 1997 — $110
  6. Hay Glass Coffee Mug — £9
  7. The Conran Shop Orbit Mug — £12
  8. Cafe de Flore Mug — €20
  9. Iittala Teema Mug — £15
  10. Max Lamb ‘Crockery’ Mug — £55

Claire Walsh is a creative design consultant and writer. Born in England and now living in Los Angeles, she has contributed to publications including Sight Unseen, Wallpaper and Elle Decoration. @clairevwalsh