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hidden message cups - set of 4

by Liv Andersson
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  • the story

Read My Lips.

Since the beginning of the 19th century, the Braille system has revolutionized written communication for the visually impaired. First called "night writing", it was originally invented by soldiers in order to communicate silently at night. When it comes to using braille in our everyday lives, many of us remain in the dark, but these elegant cups shed light on this sophisticated communication system while heightening senses as you share drinks with friends.

Designer Liv Andersson looks to her Scandinavian heritage for inspiration, and her preference for a minimal, modern aesthetic comes through in this set of four, creamy porcelain cups. The raised braille lining the lip of each cup spells out one of four lines: "Be Kind," "Breathe Deep," "Love Yourself," and "Make Time" (phrases are also printed on the bottom of each cup). Each meditative phrase takes on a whole new meaning as the message grazes your lips with every sip. Made in China.

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porcelain ECO silk paper
3" dia. x 4" H; capacity: 8 oz.
Dishwasher Safe.
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Liv Andersson

Swedish design has become iconic for its elegant simplicity and thoughtful functionality, so it's no surprise that designer Liv Andersson hails from that Scandinavian nation. Her work seems pared back, revealing the core, inner essence of a thing, yet it also remains somehow full of delightfully surprising details. She seeks to use as few materials in production as possible, and in 2009 received a "Green Furniture Award". She received her training at both the Lund School of Design, in Sweden, and at Universite deMontreal, in Canada.

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Cute Product, But No Spaces Between Word


from Long Beach, CA

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Comments about HIDDEN MESSAGE CUPS - SET OF 4:

This is absolutely adorable. As a Certified Vision Rehabilitation Therapist, I am always looking for Braille novelty items. From what I can see in the picture, they forgot to put spaces between the words, however. Otherwise, I would have purchased them on the spot.

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Can't wait to buy these cups!


from CA

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        Comments about HIDDEN MESSAGE CUPS - SET OF 4:

        I'm a teacher of the blind & visually impaired...can't wait to take these mugs to work & share them with my Vision Staff!!

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        249votes, 36 comments

        Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

        Liv Andersson's sleek ceramic cups not only look beautiful, they also carry beautiful messages! Would you love to "Make Time" to sip tea or relax and "Breathe Deep," while taking in the sent of freshly brewed coffee?

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        Increase the cost and have it USA made.

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        i really like these. Tactile with a message.

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        I love the sleek look and the messages are just right for the tea cups!

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        I love the idea of hidden message on the cup that only the user knows. It would be the perfect cup to make you feel better on life's more stressful days!

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        These make a fun and interesting gift.

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        I like the modern smoothness of these cups.

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        I do love them, I just hate that they were made in China...bummer.

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        This is a great idea!

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        Make them in the USA. We need jobs here, not in China!

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        MAKE IT IN USA

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        I wouldn't like those nubbies rubbing on my lips when drinking. I can see inherent design issues making this a nice little dribble cup.

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        Spend the extra $ to make in USA.

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        This might be the only mug I could get my husband to use with a little message on it. He's not into the mugs that scream, "I love you" (not great when working with all guys) So this would be great to have a secret message that could be just between him and I. Not a bad price either.

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        Clever if made in USA, not in China.

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        No thanks, China

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        as a gift but not my style

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        Icky! Cool idea but sick to drink from because of the dots. Also, made outside the U.S. = me no likey

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        i would use this as much as i would use the old brail menus at the mcdonald's drive up window.

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        Love the messages - would definitely prefer made in USA even with increased cost. Heck, these days, it might be cheaper to make them here!

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        I like the simplicity though maybe a color somewhere would be nice. Also if they were available as individuals, or with different, even personalizable, sayings.

        Donna Lee
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        I like the idea, just not so heppy about the fact they are Made in China. I know to many people that would feel the same way.

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        I don't want to learn Braille to read the message

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        Not from China.

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        Made in China? No thanks.

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        Why does everything have to made in China?

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        Would not buy - made in China -

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        China? Not again.

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        I'm not sure I would like the feel of these on my lips - I do like the sentiment behind them though.

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        love, love, LOVE these!! i would totally buy them at the $30 price if they were not MADE IN CHINA!! i wont drink/eat out of anything made in china if i can help it! maybe someone will reproduce this on their own from the good ole usa

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        Not sure if the message would feel right on the lips instead of the finger tips! Would probably get annoying always making sure the bumps aren't in the way. Maybe move to the botton of the mug? Wouldn't buy...

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        Lovely idea, but not (ironically) visually appealing.


        I would buy these. Very unique. Great gift idea.


        Prefer Made in USA. Get rid of Made in China!!!


        China - no deal!

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