Borders or Balloons by Barbara

large latte/tea cup


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Borders or balloons by Barbara

At school, I was taught the world had all these lines. Through these lines, I learned which country is which. Then, one day, when I was 8, an astronaut on TV showed us a view of the world from his space shuttle. I couldn’t see lines anywhere! This changed the way I saw the world forever. It was quite some time before I understood these lines are a construct: a system that we either agree upon or fight about. And then I learned we call these lines borders.

Years later, I had a dream. I saw a little boy lying down on our globe. A few weeks before this dream, the boy had washed ashore a sandy beach. He’d drowned escaping a war with his parents and someone took his picture. He became an icon of modern life in a place that’s hard… In my dream, the boy sleeps peacefully upon the face of the earth. And then all the lines let go of the world and turn into little balloons that float up into the universe, an immense place where astronauts, and who else knows what, look down at us and see just a planet…with no lines at all.


Story by: Barbara
Illustration by: Studio Ravivo
Dimensions: H 10 cm x ø 9 cm
Color: Grey

About this cup

This large Latte/Tea cup is produced at Studio Cor Unum. Designer Charlotte Landsheer worked out a solution for left over clay in the Cor Unum studio by re-using clay and glaze. The inside of the cup has glaze, the exterior is industrial and dusted. The result is a cup with a basic, firm and rugged look. The producing method makes every cup unique with a constant variation in a matted greyscale pallet. The perfection of imperfection as Lotte Landsheer puts it. And this fits how we like to view the world and it’s people.

Because of the use of high temperature, the cup is water resistant, strong and microwave and dishwasher safe.

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