Do you linger in the pantry just to pick out a cup for your java? Yes you, with that kitchen cupboard filled with chalices which define who you are. Make space on the shelves before reading on: you’ll need it.
GLASSES WITH FELT COSY
These glasses from a $2 shop named “seven colours” in Japanese (like a rainbow) sure made us smile. It’s not just the comforting powder blue of the felt cosies, but the fact that they’ll keep our fingers from getting scalded while drinking hot matcha on a cold day; and will keep said drink warm.
$2 each from Nanairo, #B1-07 Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road. Tel: 6336 5869
Eco-warriors and espresso enthusiasts, say hoorah! This Australian-made KeepCup is reusable (up to three years of daily caffeinating or 1,500 uses), unbreakable, and of barista standard. Parts (nonslip silicon band, lid, lid plug, cup base) are interchangeable for a customised cup. Nontoxic and BPA free, new glass version also available.
From $18 for small (8oz/227ml), from Robinsons Orchard, 260 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 8838
DOUBLE HAPPINESS GLASS
Couples who drink together, stay together. Relive your wedding day by linking arms and sipping from this glass, or simply use it as a daily reminder of your commitment to each other. A swell gift idea too.
$18.90 from Egg3, #07-01 Tong Yuan Industrial Building, 85 Playfair Road. Tel: 6281 2197
CATH KIDSTON BIRDS TEA FOR ONE SET
This Alice of Wonderland worthy tea time centrepiece is perfect for me-time or a girly catch up with your BFF. The stackable set is 12cm high with a diameter of 14cm and made of 100 percent porcelain. It’s also microwave and dishwasher safe. As British as designer Catherine Isabel Audrey “Cath” Kidston.
$65 From Cath Kidston, #01-04 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 0188
RIEDEL COCA-COLA GLASSES
These vessels have the power to make that ubiquitous soft drink taste better. It’s the Midas touch of 258-yearold custom glassmaker Riedel Crystal, known to oenophiles. Coke’s sweetness, spiciness and ‘bite’ is unleashed by the combination of the size and curvature of the ‘bowl’ and its rim diameter. We’re sceptical, but thumbs up for the design.
$56 for a set of 2, from Isetan Scotts, Shaw House, 350 Orchard Road. Tel: 6733 1111
DEGRENNE PARIS ILLUSIONS CUP
This deceptively boring receptacle is a playful fellow with its true colours just waiting to show. Our slate black piece flushed a delightful turquoise as a shock of hot water hit it–the secret’s in its heat-sensitive coating. French designer Sylvain Dubuisson certainly knows how to meld science with poetry.
$39 from iwannagohome!, #01-35/36 Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. Tel: 6737 8858
JANSEN + CO MY MUG
These high quality ceramic mugs are great for piping hot beverages: coffees, teas or hot chocolate. Contemporary in colour yet minimalist in form, they’re a sleek mix of industrial production and hand finish. Dishwasher and microwave safe, they come in eight designs with matching teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl and cake stand; each sold separately.
From $21.50 for a mug, from Robinsons Orchard, 260 Orchard Road. Tel: 6735 8838
TREE CUP WITH LID
Imagine fruits sprouting out when you imbibe from this ceramic cup. It’s the liquid start to a tree of possibilities just waiting to take root and grow. Inspiration not included.
$35 from Egg3, #07-01 Tong Yuan Industrial Building, 85 Playfair Road. Tel: 6281 2197
FLEUR CERAMIC CUP
It’s an affordable yet standout item from our go-to $2 Japanese retail chain. This ceramic piece boasts fleur de sel detailing round the rim and vertical ridges down its side. It doesn’t just look pretty– these embossed areas give you a better hold so you can avoid spills and breakage.
$2 from Daiso, #05-01/02/03 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 9210
SVENSKA HEM UPPSALA CUP
We love the little birch wood saucer that gives the stylish porcelain cup an earthy touch–it also helps to protect surfaces from heat or dampness. Run your fingers along the gold detailing as you savour a relaxing cuppa.
$19.90 from kikki.K, #B2-53 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6509 3107
CATH KIDSTON SAFARI STANLEY MUG
With a capacity of 500ml, this designer mug will hold a gratuitous amount of hot cocoa, bobbing marshmallows and all. Made from 100 percent fine china, it is dishwasher and microwave safe. The giraffes will give their long nod of approval.
$17 each From Cath Kidston, #01-04 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6238 0188
TWIN-HANDLED CERAMIC CUPS
This wide-rimmed ceramic cup’s is perfect for cooling hot drinks (or soups) fast due to the larger liquid surface area. It’s also less of a hassle to reach in and wash than its taller and slimmer compatriots. For the butter fingers among us, the double handles ensure better grip.
$2 each from Daiso, #05-01/02/03 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 9210