[ 2008-04-18 10:55 ]
The revolutionary cup, which has been designed by two French designers, allows liquids to be stirred without a spoon.
The work has been recently displayed at the London Design Festival.
The mug, called Ceramic For Mix sets in motion a ceramic ball positioned at the bottom of the mug that stirs the contents.
"The cup aims at introducing a new way of drinking tea or another warm drink without using a spoon. The ball is put into a slightly protruding base to keep it in place when stirring and drinking," said Florian Dussopt, the cup's inventor.
"Users gently move the cup, like you would when swirling a glass of cognac, and the action pushes the ball around.
"The ceramic ball mixes all various sugars and milk at the same time, thus eliminating the need for a spoon. When you drink it the ball is blocked by the gravity in the recess of the glass. This eliminates the need for a spoon.
"Ceramic is a material that is hygienic and beautiful at the same time. The combination of glass and ceramic is aesthetically appealing in its formal interpretation of the traditional cup and saucer," Dussopt added.
Dussopt said they were hoping to introduce the cup into bars and restaurants.
He added: "The aim is not to kill the spoon, but to suggest an alternative for a special occasion."