Floating Mug: Design & utility working together...

I often gripe about how usability is sacrificed for the sake of looks - an unfortunate reality in consumer product design - so it's refreshing to see an example of each helping the other.  The Floating Mug, a concept by Tigere Chiriga currently having a go on Kickstarter, eliminates the need for a coaster by levitating the actual mug above its handle-cantilevered bottom.  This functional feature also creates a striking visual; you can't help but give it a second look.  I'm impressed that the very same feature first grabs your attention, then serves a useful function.  Thanks, Tigere, for getting ID and usability to play nicely together!
[via Core77]

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