The collection
Large mug, small coffee cup and saucer. Each piece is beige porcelain and made to look like it is made of folded paper.

Mug, Coffee Cup and Saucer, Paper Porcelain

Designed by
Stefan Scholten (born 1972), Carole Baijings (born 1973)
Produced by
HAY, Copenhagen, Denmark
Mug: 19.5 x 14.2 x 14.2 cm

The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, gift of S. Bernard Paré, 2016.9.1–2

The Dutch husband-and-wife design team Scholten and Baijings go through a detailed conceptual design process to create industrial productions. They develop their own materials and experiment with forms to achieve new results. The Paper Porcelain set’s resemblance to cardboard was created with metal-dust-infused porcelain to produce the finely speckled grey often seen in recycled-paper products.

Ideas for the form were first sketched in detail, then modeled with thin cardboard, cut to size and scored to fold at specified points, turning flat sheets into rounded vessels.

The Stewart Program for Modern Design, photo: Denis Farley.