These Mugs are Works of Art

published May 14, 2018
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That first cup of delicious morning coffee; that afternoon latte; a late night cup of tea [insert long blissfully happy sigh]—arguably the best part of your day, right? It’s those beautiful moments of peace, in the midst of emails and back-to-back meetings, and there’s just you and your caffeine (or decaf) du jour. And lately, all over Instagram, we’ve been spotting latte drinkers and flat white fiends sipping from bold, architectural vessels that more closely resemble a piece of art than a run-of-the-mill mug. (We’re looking at you, NYC restaurant, De Maria!)

Here, we pulled together some show-stopping mugs that opted to embrace the irregular.

Blue Short Mug by Workaday Handmade, $44

Get a handle on things with these uniquely shaped stoneware mugs. That cobalt blue shade will pack a punch to even the strongest slow brew.

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Stain Spot Medium Drink by Leah Jackson, $38

This happy-painted handmade ceramic is sure to elicit a smile with every sip. Is anyone getting 90’s vibes from this retro pattern?

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This geometric beauty was first cast out of paper by Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings and we’re pretty thankful it made its way to porcelain.

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Cappuccino Cup by Felt + Fat, $35

Add a little Ciao Bella! to your morning routine with these teensy cappuccino cups. It comes in various brightly colored glazes, if Lemon isn’t your cup of tea.

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Small Inlaid Bowl by Andrew Molleur, $60

Alright, so it’s not exactly a mug per se—more like a vessel—but it’ll do the trick. The inlaid pattern on these tiny beauties are done by hand, so each is one-of-a-kind.

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Aleatorio Mug at Anthropologie, $12

This super shapely, brightly hued mug is handmade in Brooklyn. We are loving its unexpectedly modern handle.

Small Mug in Turquoise by Wilcoxson Brooklyn Ceramics, $32

We’re digging the curvy bottom on these one-of-a-kind Brooklyn beauties.

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Toffee Altered Tumblers by Studio Joo, $50

Who doesn’t want to drink out of a wabi sabi work of art? Each of these tumblers have a roughly carved bottom, and unique markings so they vary in appearance significantly.

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Steep Wood Tea Cup by CB2, $16.95

Get your zen on with this reclaimed teak wood mug.

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Wacky Espresso Cups at BTW Ceramics, $34

Make mornings a little—okay, a lot—more colorful with these paint-splashed espresso cups.

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Gold Bump Mug in Pink from, $60

Does it look like your mug has a glam case of the Chickpox? Maybe. It is worth it? Definitely.