Slim Cup by Sharona Merlin


Slim Cup by Sharona Merlin

Here is another project from the Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, this time Israeli student Sharona Merlin has designed a flattened cup and saucer.

Slim Cupby by Sharona Merlin

Slim Cup has the outline of an archetypal cup when viewed from one side but when turned 90 degrees almost disappears.

Slim Cupby by Sharona Merlin

The ceramic molded cup and saucer form a part of wider collection of slim tableware currently in progress.

Slim Cupby by Sharona Merlin

All photographs are taken by Sasha Flit.

Slim Cupby by Sharona Merlin

Here's some more from the designer:

I'm an industrial design student from Israel, studying at "Shenkar College of Engineering and Design", starting my third year out of four. The project is made for a course of ceramic molding I took on the last semester. The title of the course was "Combination of tradition and technology" and my interpretation for this title was the way things get slimmer as technology moves forword.

Therefore, my concept was taking the traditional ceramic cup and making it slimmer. My vision was seeing the cup's icon on the front side but as it turns, it's slimness appears. I'm now working on designing a line of slim ceramics tableware.

Advisor: Mrs. Ravit Lazer
Photos: Sasha Flit

See also:


Espresso machine
by Yaniv Berg
Espresso Solo
by Shmuel Linski
by Aldo Bakker

Posted on Wednesday August 11th 2010 at 11:46 am by Joe Mills. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Tom

    This design is quite similar to (a segment of) the 'Alice Cups' design, link provided below…

  • ohno

    yeh so I've designed a tea cup that spills tea all over your face when you drink from it. Good. Nice one

    • Hayden

      yeh so (sic) you've made a comment that fails to recognise the idea behind the form isn't driven from a purely functional purpose, but rather seeks to communicate the changes from a completely separate part of life through by modifying the form of an object in a completely different medium.

      Apparently objects can only exist if they're functional. I thought we'd move on from that.

  • bill

    "My concept was taking the traditional ceramic cup and making it slimmer." Mission accomplished.

  • The_Architext

    This is more of an objet d’art than a piece of design… I agree with ohno, you’ll burn yourself trying drinking from these cups…

  • Jono

    Does it come with a straw?

  • bodkin

    "my concept was taking the traditional ceramic cup and making it slimmer". I'm sorry but surely you need to add a little bit of an explanation to that? Why is that your concept? What are you investigating? Come on, surely this is no more than first year design student nonsense without a narrative to back it up

  • DLO

    Wishing with fat fingers will be a hassle. You need to design a new line of SLIM brushes that comes with these saucers.

  • tom

    I think it would be very unstable. Imagine breakfast in bed with this one…

  • This is more funny than practical, it is more artistic than functionnal, you can't even have that much coffee in it

  • Xit

    I like the 2d 3d effect & hate the practicality….like most design thesedays

  • ahd

    you people making comments are way too literal, this is obviously more conceptual than anything

  • truthnbeauty

    So…………what is the significance of this?
    Why is it shown here?
    Is this design…………of any sort?
    This object isn't slimmer…………it's flatter. There is a difference.
    This object does not 'express technological advancement'.

  • justin


    OK. we will take you at face value. What statement is this objet d'art making?

  • mmik


  • Sasha

    Looks cool. Who says you can buy it, guys?

  • w

    A cup for anorexics. Thank you

  • Abdulrahman

    Looks interesting but terribly useless

  • Lee Corbusier

    Why does it need a narrative to back it up?
    Do such objects require commentary?
    Do they need to 'make a statement'?
    Do the pictures on your wall at home have captions?

    • Mook

      If the object has no narrative to back it up then it is merely a really impractical cup.

      If it has no commentary it is a really impractical cup.

      If it doesn't make a statement (which it has clearly been designed to do) then its just a really impractical cup.

      Picutres on walls need to have no captions and explanations as these are subjective art pieces, not practical design objects.

      We make money, not art.

    • ahahaha

      When something doesn't establish a dialectic relationship between man and circumstance (being a product that comes out of both but is neither, subverting them and putting man in motion), then that thing is irrelevant, and no further discussion about whether it's art is worth it – to a certain kind of architect/designer, at least. This doesn't have to do with narrative, statements or function, and if it needs a caption then it's not the kind of product I'm talking about. Rather, what I call relevant is more like a new caption for other things itself, but one which changes and only shows up through use. I think it's relevant because it produces new relationships between things out of what the things already are, instead of "making an statement", which never changes anything.

      But of course there are many kinds of products and many parts of society where different design principles work in different ways. I think what I think because I have an agenda, and if I have an agenda it's because I'm fighting against other design principles which are equally valid, just running counter to what I'd want for my part of society. So if you want drugs I can provide them cheaply, my mafia controls this part of town.

  • karl

    It was an attempt to be interesting and make a comment on how with increasing technology products have become slimmer, alah electronics and the like, and implementing this to another ubiquitous product – the cup, however it fails to make any real comment as the designer hasn't attempted to insert any new manufacturing technique, material, or technological aspect to the design.
    It is however a reasonably nice thing to put on your mantle.

  • This illustrates the vast differece between "Art" and "Design". I think this looks cool and as visual trompe l'oeil it's interesting, but it's function looks extremely compromised – and that makes it bad design.

    But as "Art" this could be anything the artist wants, however vague and shallow and arbitrary. Yeah, I don't get it either…

  • Romain

    The designer seems to have gone through a lot of effort to illustrate a point.

    I take issue with the overly simplistic base statement : technology, in some aspects, has more to do with miniaturization than "slimming". This allows for democratic uses ( would you have bought a computer if it still had the size of a large elephant ?).

    Slim shapes are an afterthought

    If you fancy tea and coffee, why not apply yourself to the "production" side of the equation ? Pocket coffee machines with ceramics as the main material (both durable and heat resistant).

    I won't dwell on function. Other comments have driven the point across admirably. (Try mixing a cube of sugar into that cup and send me a message detailing your experience)

    Illustrative and humourous at best. Ironic even : does a flat shape (progress!) destroy functionality ?

  • grace

    i really want one!