Mug

Of all the things to spend time thinking about the humble coffee mug is probably low on the agenda of most rational human beings. Most mugs adequately serve their purpose — there's no real trick to it, no genius design philosophy. But as a near-permanent piece of desk furniture, particularly on a desk that is quite minimal otherwise, perhaps it is an opportunity to indulge a little practical expression.

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.
— Henry David Thoreau

So I've given myself a mission to find my ideal coffee mug. As something that spends a great deal of time interacting closely with my face it really ought to be something that I love. Anything we use so constantly should be enjoyed. It's a surprisingly broad field of artistry too; mugs come in a range of expression from the painted to the sculpted. There really is a lot out there — often taken far more seriously than you might expect.