Newcastle College students espresso themselves with unique coffee set designs

Newcastle College students espresso themselves with unique coffee set designs

Posted On 25th March 2013 By Chris Knox

Design students at Newcastle College have entered the world of coffee culture by designing and making a range of wild and wonderful coffee sets, which they will sell in one of Newcastle’s most exclusive gift shops.

Twenty students from the college’s School of Creative Industries have put their impressive creativity to work on the humble cup and saucer and have produced a range of espresso sets that draw inspiration from transport design, alternative music and even a space shuttle, to name but a few.

The students, who are all studying an Extended Diploma in 3D Design Level 3 at Newcastle College, were given the brief to produce six cups and six saucers by yumLush, which is to sell the espresso sets at its store in Gosforth.

The espresso sets represent the first time that the students will see their creations sold to the public, with each student receiving half of the £30 price tag if their sets are purchased. The sets go on sale at yumLush from Good Friday, March 29 and will be displayed until April 10, at which point they can be collected by buyers.

One student who is looking forward to putting her products on sale is Jodie-Nicole Waterman, 18 and from Wallsend, whose unique 1950s design takes its inspiration from the space rocket featured in the Tin-Tin books. She said: “This project has been a great one to work on and has provided lots of room for creativity. Ceramics is now something I would like to explore further as part of my studies at Newcastle College.”

Simon Bolam, Tutor at Newcastle College’s School of Creative Industries, said: “This project has really inspired our 3D Design students and made them consider a wide range of factors associated with the commercial process. This is a true community programme and one which highlights just what can be achieved through engagement between industry and the talented students we have here at the college.”

The students will also be responsible for designing the packaging for their products and producing point-of-sale materials, giving them even more experience of the commercial process.

This project is the latest example of Newcastle College’s 3D Design students working closely with local industry. The same group of 20 students recently used their skills to reinvent or customise existing IKEA products, which they exhibited at the retailer’s Gateshead store.

Ken Boyle of yumLush said: "It's an absolute pleasure to commission this project and to be part of such an exciting and creative initiative, myself and my customers are looking forward to seeing the final products in yumLush.”

Photo Caption (Top): Newcastle College 3D Design student Ashleigh Usher with her unique espresso set cup