There are few moments in life that are as elegant as enjoying a jolting cup of coffee or soothing cup of tea. This everyday moment can instantly become a little more elevated with the right drinkware, like this set entitled PINCH.

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Inspired by ancient clay oil lamps on a trip in Bahrain, Bradley L. Bowers designed this cup and saucer duo to take form after the idea of gestures. You lift a saucer and pinch a cup. The relationship between the gesture and the product is simple but the result is beautiful, much like those oil lamps that inspired PINCH.

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Though it may look simple enough, the process took over two years of clay mock-ups, 3D prints and materials samples. Middle Kingdom Porcelain was brought in to develop a matte porcelain “recipe” that would highlight the forms and curves of the products. Each set is also meticulously hand-sculpted by MK’s skilled artisans.

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If PINCH seems like your cup of tea (or cup of joe!), you can purchase it here.

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Photos by Pablo Serrano.