“There is a science supplies store near my studio that I often just walk past,” Surya explains. “One day I found myself drawn to go inside, and became fascinated by the lab equipment.
“There is a real beauty in the forms and materials that are used, and I was inspired to find a way to bring these into a domestic context.”
Labware was one of the first designs developed for the Brisbane-based Snack On label back in late 2008. The brand has since created a range of designs including the Spare Tire belt – made from recycled bicycle inner tubes.
Designed for use as a water carafe and cups, the Labware collection includes a ceramic flask and beakers and comes in gloss finish in black and white.
“People seem attracted to ceramic as a material, and there is an immediate affinity with the design because the forms are so familiar,” Surya says.
“There is a real sense of fun about the product, with people enjoying the irony of taking lab equipment and using it in their homes.”
Surya has plans to extend the collection when he exhibits at Design Tide Tokyo, creating a smaller Labware set suitable for sake. The full set (the flask and 4 beakers) in black or white starts at AUD$140 or you can buy the flask and beakers separately.