The art of coffee stains

This is one of the most ingenious design concepts I’ve seen in a while: Stamp Cups. You know how you’ll be enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, when suddenly a tiny spill pools underneath the cup — and, due to surface-tension stickiness, winds up staying on the cup and slowly leaving marks all over your tablecloth?

The Stamp Cup has a little floral design on the bottom, which turns coffee stains into instant, impromptu art. Cooler still, the two different patterns match up so you can join them — slowly covering your tablecloth in a winding tapestry of art.

Of course, this means I’d have to get a tablecloth.

(Thanks to Sensory Impact for this one!)

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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