OATMEAL and TEA SET
The world outside can be a bear, but absorbing the morning light while eating a simple breakfast can allow one to slowly awaken and prepare to face the day.
These designs embrace the tranquility of natural light and the simple comfort of oatmeal and tea. Textures are soft and smooth, shapes are made to be held, and natural materials compliment the bright daylight streaming in.
My partner, Will Greene, and I were asked to pick a single poignant moment of a breakfast ritual to celebrate. We decided to focus on natural light, and the need to spend time peacefully in front of a window, slowly adjusting to the commotion of the world outside. These quiet moments, disconnected from the blue glare of screens and the rush of noise once the door opens, are grounding and calming.
To accompany the slow, tranquil moments enjoying the day’s first light, we focused on a simple, comforting meal of oatmeal and tea. Both are uncomplicated and unassuming in their original forms and cozily warm the person’s hands as they eat.
A study of my partner's personal breakfast ritual
An illustration of the meal, oatmeal and tea
An illustration of the ritual of moving from a dark bedroom to breakfast in front of a bright window
Our inspiration image, by Lizzy Stewart
Sketches of possible forms
Mapping out six full sets
Six sets of the six pieces
3D-printed drafts of bowl, trivet, lid, saucer, and cup
The teapot form we chose
Foam form development of the spoon
Cup form development, in Rhino
Teapot form development
ABS final bowl, sanded
ABS bowl, the two halves glued together and smoothed out with acetone
The teapot was printed in three parts
The teapot being printed
Cutting out spoon templates with the band saw
The trivet and saucer, made of cherry, were turned on the lathe
The set was designed to be flexible in its use; the teapot's lid can keep the cup's contents warm, while the trivet can cover the bowl and the saucer can hold the cup or a discarded tea bag.