Thursday Salute to Originals: SlingsHot Simplicity

We love when we’re caught off guard by those “why didn’t I think of that?” design moments. They don’t happen often, but when they do, we’re left scratching our heads, wondering what other everyday objects we could improve with a simple tweak in design.

Samir Sufi Tea Cup SlingsHOT Product Design

With our affinity for straightforwardness and caffeinated beverages, it’s no wonder we fell so quickly in love with the Tea Cup SlingsHot. Through a slight alteration to the handle, a new and practical function emerges, solving an annoying problem without compromising the integrity of the mug. All you have to do is pull the tea bag back like a slingshot to squeeze out every last drop of tea, then the bag stashes in the elegant compartment until later. No extra spoon. No messy puddles. No soggy teabag to dispose of. Seriously, why didn’t we think of that??

Tea Cup Slingshot Design

While we realize the mug isn’t solving any major world issues or humanity crises, the revamped design does exemplify the powerful impact of mindful rethinking. And without the use of electronic technology to enhance the design (no weird buttons to push, nothing to plug in, no apps to download), the utter simplicity of this mug’s solution to a problem really speaks volumes. And for that, we salute the Tea Cup SlingsHot. Now if someone could just figure out a way to automatically refill the water reservoir in our office coffee machine, we’d be set!

Source: Design Milk