A design and charity coffee mug

“The idea for this mug came from the design of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the World Expo in Dubai,” explains Shahram Agaajani, founder of Metaform Architects and author of the pavilion. This espresso cup is in the shape of the Möbius strip, a continuous shape that folds on itself, symbolizing infinity, which served as the conceptual shape of the pavilion.

It is made of ceramics in the workshops in Kräizbierg, where people with disabilities work. “This mug was designed and created entirely by Metaform, but it is thanks to the know-how and skills of Ateliers Kräizbierg that it could see the light of day,” emphasizes Shahram Agaajani.

Each cup is made by hand and is therefore a little unique.

(Photo: Metaform Architects / Ateliers Kräizbierg)


The shape of the cup is reminiscent of the Möbius strip, which winds endlessly around itself.

(Photo: Metaform Architects / Ateliers Kräizbierg)


The packaging is reminiscent of the cardboard tubes that architects use to transport their plans.

(Photo: Metaform Architects / Ateliers Kräizbierg)


View of the prototypes used to make the mug.

(Photo: Matic Zorman/Modern House)


3D printing, ceramic tests… the mug was not created in a single gesture.

(Photo: Matic Zorman/Modern House)


From 3D printed prototypes to ceramic mold models, Möbino is the result of many hours of research, testing and discussion. The ceramic is made in two layers, which allows the heat of the coffee to be retained without the user burning their fingers when gripping the container. Its shape is designed so that the coffee froth slides perfectly over the ceramic. It holds 20ml of coffee, the optimal volume for an espresso, and is shaped to fit the curve of the thumb and palm.

But more than a design project, it’s a genuine social and inclusive approach that drives this launch. In fact, Möbino is made entirely in Luxembourg by Ateliers Kräizbierg, a cooperative dedicated to the professional and social integration of people with disabilities. In addition, all sales proceeds will be donated to the Kräizbierg Foundation to support them in their pursuit and development.

The first series will be produced in 1,000 copies.

On offer for 35 euros at
Kraizbierg workshops

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