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This Milk Cup Looks Like a Ceramic Milk Jug When Faced Down

By: Jen Chae - Published: Jul 20, 2013 • References: tent1000 and tent1000
When faced up, it serves as a milk cup, but when faced upside down, this design mimics the shape of an old-school ceramic milk jug. The Milk Cup prototype by Japanese design studio Tent1000 is uniquely self-referential—only when seen from a different perspective.

The cork bottom of the milk cup acts as a grip when the cup is placed on the table. But when the cup is empty and flipped, the round cork resembles a cork-topper for a jar. When filled with milk, the cup is not outstandingly eye-catching. But because of the clever streamlined shape of the cup, the Milk Cup looks like a cork-topped milk jug when upside-down. Most meta designs look like the object being referred to. The Milk Cup may look mundane when in use, but it will surprise you with its ulterior motive.