Images (L-R): Cumulus Inc. Porcelain Coffee Cups by Ingrid Tufts. Photography by Kim Brockett and Ingrid Tufts. Hand-made ceramic coffee cups cause a stir at top Melbourne restaurant
Available from Cumulus Inc. 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne.
Widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Melbourne, Cumulus Inc. is nestled next door to Craft Victoria at the top end of Flinders Lane. The close relationship between the two organisations (founded over regular morning coffee runs) has been formalised with a commission for a takeaway porcelain coffee cup by Craft Victoria member Ingrid Tufts.
“At Cumulus Inc. we pay particular attention to the aesthetic details of the restaurant experience. This is demonstrated through the selection of our tableware, flowers and the artworks in the space. We are also concerned with minimising waste, so started looking around for a takeaway coffee cup concept that met our high standards. We sell 150 takeaway coffees a day, and within a week one in ten of our regular customers had purchased the porcelain cup. It’s been a great success.” -Leeroy Kirk-Walker, Cumulus Inc.
The porcelain cup, featuring the restaurant’s iconic cloud design, was commissioned through New Craft Made in Victoria – a product development service that matches Craft Victoria members with commercial opportunities.
Ingrid Tufts is a Melbourne-based practitioner who works exclusively in hand thrown porcelain. Her work is sold in retailers around the country, including the Donna Hay General Store in Woollahra, Sydney.
Individually hand-thrown and glazed and sized 90mm high x 80mm in diameter, each Cumulus Inc. Porcelain Coffee Cup is unique. The cups retail for $20, and are sold with the first coffee free. Cumulus Inc. is supporting sales of the cup by offering 30 cents off the price of every takeaway coffee sold in a re-usable alternative.
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