Krater Cup and Krater Capsule
The Krater Cup is a tea ceremony cup made from wild urban clay obtained from building materials around the Krater production space. It combines a sensitive, intimate experience of a tea ceremony and rough, heavy building material playing a protagonist role in the project. Wild ceramics as an alternative to industrial ceramics is reflected in the very shape of the cup. With its coarseness, it indulges in the wild character of the local clay and frees itself from industrially planned, standardized norms. The product can still be a mass-produced functional item. The rough texture allows the user to hold the cup with hot beverage without having a dedicated handle. The Krater capsule is made from a fungal biocomposite and is designed to store a Krater ceramic cup. It is made from the biomass from invasive plants and the fungal mycelium that acts as a binder. At the same time it also serves as a means of communication on the issue of invasive plants and the potential of biocomposites, which could replace plastic packaging, thermal or sound insulation, etc. At the last stage of its lifecycle, it can be used to store tea or plant a seedling, as the biocomposite acts as a fertilizer. The material used originates from the construction pit where the Krater creative laboratory is located, so it could well be said that the product is micro-local.
Disruptive design, organized by Centre for Creativity (SI), supported selected creative innovations, products and services that foretell systemic changes, offer critiques of existing market and economic systems, break established ones and envision new uses. More at: https://czk.si/en/opportunities/disruptive-creativity-new-times/