I like the simple but clever concept of Bethan Laura Wood‘s Stain Tableware. A Product Design graduate from the Royal College of Art (who studied under the tuition of Jurgen Bey and Martino Gamper), her set of ‘Stain’ teacups are designed to improve through use.
Her project explores the assumption that use is considered to damage a product – for example, scratches on an iPod or laptop – whereas actually it can also be seen in some cases to add to its aesthetic value and make an inanimate object more personal, depending on how it is used by its owner.
Beth treated the interior surface of each teacup to stain more in certain pre-determined places. The more the cups are used, the more the pattern is revealed! Over time, they will build up an individual pattern dependent on the users personal way of drinking tea.