Keen to avoid the obvious icons of each city, we instead chose to focus in the couples daily pastimes. Main themes including kite surfing, cookery and a shared love of Japan.
After several rounds of sketching and shared ideas, we decided to create a Japanese inspired set of serving dishes and drinking cups. Each city was to be represented by a patterned band, referencing something environmental; either a place of work or notable landmark. An accompanying motif would then depict something emotional, either a pastime or a personal love or connection.
For the Santa Monica pattern we built a design around the profile of the pier, while the motif referenced the sea and surf. The New York band took inspiration from the skyline, the bowl design picking up on a shared love of coffee. Finally, the London designs focused on the landmarks local to the couple's places of work and their East London home. Their initials included as a final custom touch.