Design Pursuing Beauty
The design of OCT was inspired by an image of an octagonal bottle from the Southern Song Dynasty in China. The common element among the brewer, cup, and saucer is the line and the subtle gradation that forms when an octagon transforms upwards into a circle. The focus was put on how to make the lines appear beautiful. With the brewer, the lines and the overall form are simple. With the cup, there is a sense of momentum created by the lines and the design of the handle further enhance that. Other interesting aspects include the form of the brewer, which appears as an oval to the eye when gazing from above, but it is actually a perfect circle.