Industrial Designer, George Gibbens Uses A Two Thousand-Year-Old Method to Create the Kolk Cup

Cape Town-based industrial designer George Gibbens recently released a new body of work titled Kolk|Coffee Cup.

The Kolk cup is constructed from a process that was developed over two thousand years ago. Using a CNC milling technique, each saucer is machined from a block of natural beech wood to ensure precision and consistency which is often not possible with other workshop methods.

The design is the result of an obsession to create the most simplified form possible while honouring the process and materials. Flavours are elevated to bring a sharp and bold taste, while each sip is delivered smoothly.

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