In 2009 Esther Hörchner graduated from Artez Institute Of The Arts in Zwolle, The Netherlands studying illustration. After her graduation she founded design Studio 'Paradise' together with Els ten Klooster en Maaike Burgers. Esther's works are detailed line drawings with 'a wink'
The 'Bathing Girls Tea Set' features girls swimming and relaxing in tea cups with their underwear casually discarded on the saucers and tea spoons. You can 'dress' the bathing girls with the clothing on the tea spoons. The Bathing Girls tea cups and Bathing Girls tea pot are handmade by artisans in 9 days.
What is your approach to design? I think good design makes you smile; you have to be touched by either it's refinement or a little twist.
What was the inspiration for the tea cups and tea pot? I collect all sorts of porcelain cups, plates and vases and I had the desire to once make my own Tea Set. I wanted to use the shape of the cups as something to underline the feeling of enjoyment of hot tea; in this case the cups became small hot tubs for the bathing girls.
Who are the ladies on the cups? I used myself as a model for the naked girls, but I adjusted them a bit ;-)
What has been the response so far? I've received a lot of positive and enthusiastic response from people all over the world. There are a lot of blogs written about my Tea Set. What other designs are you planning for the future? We're busy designing a porcelain breakfast set, new postcards, jewellery and leather wallets, so you can expect new designs from us in the near future! (www.hetparadijs.net)
Who would you like to see drinking out of the cups? ...I wouldn't know...
Who is your favourite Dutch designer and who would you like to work with? My favourite Dutch designer is Lenneke Wispelwey; I love her facet shaped cups and vases and her use of pastel colours. I would love to work with her some time... I would also like to work with the 'Tilburgs Textielmuseum', I'd love to have my own drawings woven. Our customers have asked for cereal bowls with the same illustration, any chance of this being produced in the near future? Actually, there is a 'Take a Bath' bowl set available, with porcelain asian spoons. We now stock the 'Bathing Girls Bowl Set'
What is your favourite design you have created and why? I'm most proud of my Bathing Girls Tea Set, because it appeared at many international design blogs.
The Bathing Girls Tea Set is designed by Esther Horchner, who has cleverly illustrated the inside of each Bathing Girl tea cup with a bathing beauty so that each figure appears to be bathing or swimming in the tea. For those days when you're feeling more demure, each spoon comes with a bathing suit on it so the nude girls don't have to bathe au naturel. The Bathing Girls Tea Set comes with 4 cups, 4 saucers and 4 spoons, each finely crafted in white porcelain. A matching Bathing Girls tea pot is available to complete the set, and if the idea of your beauties bathing in soup appeals, we also carry a matching set of bowls and spoons.
Bathing Girls Tea Set Dimensions:cup D10xH6 cm
absolutely specialReview by carla 25 Feb 2014
Absolutely wonderful set, everybody loves it, and perfect service/shipping!!
The tea pot will be the next purchase :D
Fabulous tea setReview by Sandra 3 Jan 2014
- My husband surprised me with 4 tea cups, saucers and spoons for our anniversary and I really LOVE them. The quality is fabulous, the drawings in the cups and on the saucers and spoons are really wonderful and witty. I will definitely enjoy drinking from them very much. Well done, Ms Horncher! Highly recommended.
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