Putting coffee in perspective

Anamorphic coffee cup, designed by Ross McBride. The distorted lettering on the porcelain saucer is reflected in the mirrored stainless steel cup. The 'corrected' reflection in the cylindrical surface enables the lettering to be read clearly.

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(photos copyright © Russell Light)

These designs are based on the same principles as anamorphoric paintings which became popular in the 17th century. Anamorphic pictures were often used to conceal political, religious and erotic images.

The theory and practice of anamorphosis was first set out by Jean Fran├žois Niceron in his 'La Perspective Curieuse', which was published in Paris in 1638.

Laurante - Anamorphosis, 1630 (source: Wikimedia Commons)

See also: The Brothers Quay and Anamorphosis

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