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City Map Mug Rugs

The Anders Hansen Oslo Project Turn City Streets into Coasters

— June 24, 2011 — Art & Design
Your refreshments will never get lost with these clever cup coasters. Artist Anders Hansen has designed these innovative mug rugs after becoming inspired by city street maps. Hansen saw beauty in the bustling lines and shapes of city infrastructure blueprints, and decided to make a solid structure out of them.

As he was living in Oslo, Norway, Anders Hansen decided to focus first on that city as his map muse. He studied sections of the city map, and carefully illustrated the lines he saw. Once these illustrations were imported into computer programs, Hansen was able to make his drawings 3-D. These images were then transformed into stunning ceramic coasters which are abstractly beautiful.

These clever coaster by Anders Hansen would make perfect presents for avid travelers or native residents of the city. These posh pieces make city streets sippable.

Implications - Consumers are constantly seeking products that allow them to express their values or ideals to their peers. Products that are customizable or can be personalized to incorporate a facet of the consumer's life appeal to them for this reason. Companies should consider designing products tailored for specific groups of people to appeal to niche markets.
Trend Themes
1. City-inspired Homeware - There is an opportunity for designers to create city-inspired homeware that captures the beauty of urban landscapes.
2. Customizable Coasters - The demand for personalized products presents a chance for companies to create customizable coasters with unique designs and patterns.
3. 3D Printed Artwork - The use of 3D printing technology in artwork offers a chance for artists to create unique and abstract pieces that can be mass-produced as functional items.
Industry Implications
1. Home Decor - Home decor companies can tap into the trend of city-inspired homeware by creating a line of products that feature designs inspired by popular cities around the world.
2. Personalized Gifts - The demand for personalized products presents a chance for gift companies to create customizable coasters with unique designs and patterns that can be tailored to specific customers.
3. 3D Printing Services - Companies that offer 3D printing services can target artists and designers who are interested in creating unique and functional artwork with their technology.
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