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Porcelain cups by Laura McKibbon

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"I've always been interested in maths and geometry," Laura McKibbon says. Not really a surprise, considering the Montreal designer studied science for years before making the switch to the design world. McKibbon's background is coming in handy as she embarks on a new project: A porcelain accessories collection inspired by Gilbert tessellations, random crack and crystal formations that create complex geometric motifs. To create the textured impressions, she makes stamps using polymer plates – a technique she's well known for where she coats a plate with photo-sensitive emulsion and exposes it to light, leaving the exposed areas to harden and the covered areas to wash away ("Almost like a large rubber stamp," she says). While the collection currently includes cups in McKibbon's signature porcelain hues, she plans to add olive dishes, a serving platter, cheese and cocktail plates, among other guest-ready pieces; hence the tentative collection name, The Party Line. "I obviously had parties on the mind," she jokes. $40 through lauramckibbon.com

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