Tea Pot and Tea Cups from Utah Tea Set, 2015; 3D-printed tea

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1201, Emerging Objects, 2015–17

Inside five glass domes are vessels printed from coffee, tea, sugar, curry, and the skins of Chardonnay grapes. Each dome has an indented opening, inviting visitors to sniff the objects inside. These pieces were designed by architects Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello in Oakland, California. They use 3D printing processes to invent forms with unique tactile qualities.

Virginia San Fratello (American, born 1971) and Ronald Rael (American, born 1971), Rael San Fratello (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2003) and Emerging Objects (Oakland, California, USA, founded 2013); Courtesy of Emerging Objects
  • Tea Pot and Tea Cups from Utah Tea Set, 2015

    The low, rounded teapot and teacup are a rich reddish brown color with a coarse, gritty texture.

    3D-printed tea

  • Coffee Pot and Coffee Cup, 2018

    The pot and cup are printed from coffee. The pot is tall and curvy. The cup is low and rounded. The surface is a rich brown color with a rough texture.

    3D-printed coffee

  • Furry Curry, 2017

    The vessel is oval in shape and has an opening on the top and a lid. There are circular handles on each side and on the top. A bumpy texture covers the vessel. The exterior is a deep, reddish brown, and the interior is orange.

    3D-printed curry

  • Chardonnay Wine Goblets, 2017

    The goblets have wide, low stems. They are a rich, deep red with a rough texture.

    3D-printed chardonnay skins and seeds

  • Cotton Candy Dishes, 2017

    Two pink candy dishes have rough, grainy surfaces. The first dish resembles a stack of bubbles. At the top, half of one bubble serves as a lid. The second is a footed, rimmed bowl with a cone-shaped lid.

    3D-printed sugar, aromatics

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