I drink tea everyday. It's usually a pretty standard tea bag in my favourite green mug, hot water and a drop of milk. Everyone knows it's my favourite mug, and no matter who brews up it always tastes great. It's nothing particularly special, but I love it. I imagine it's the same for many others, each with their own individual take.

On the surface, a cup of tea may be interpreted as a 'tea bag in a mug', but it's not. When we reflect on it, we begin to understand its greater values: taste, warmth, conversations, company. To me, good design naturally extracts these values through daily use. The focus is not defined by the physical item, but more so the opportunities and experiences that they offer. I also make a great cup of tea.

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Simpson York, cabinetmaker, 2016
Normann-Copenhagen, design intern, 2015
Deadgood ltd., design intern, 2014
Northumbria University, Industrial Design, 2012-2016

Exhibitions & Awards;

John Lewis Loves, 2016
New Designers Part 2, 2016
Reveal Show, 2016
Gold Crest, Engineering award, 2012
Discovery Museum Discovers, 2011