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.