Illuminated Ceramic Cup Serves as Both Light Source & Artistic Decor

The Lighting Cup is a tea cup derived from Soomook-Sansuhwa, a traditional Korean landscape painting. The design for this artistic dishware is designed by Jin-woog Koo of the Nothing Design Group and Bo-hyung Kim of Bo&Bong Ceramic Art Studio.


The Lighting Cup is made of ceramic and comes with an LED saucer created for everyday use. Referred to as illuminated ceramic art, the design is a landscape made with the variation in thickness of the cup walls in the style of a classic Korean painting known as Soomook-Sansuwha.

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“The cup illustrates the classic Oriental landscape painting (Soomook-sansuwha), reproducing shading characteristics of the traditional ink stick and delineating traces of mountains,” describes the designers.

When the tea cup is not lit, it appears like a white ceramic tea cup with textured and wavy lines wrapped around it. Once illuminated, the design can be seen in its full radiance because the shades are visible.

“The design of the Lighting Cup revisits the traditional Korean landscape painting in three-dimensions which elegantly reflects meditative Asian sentiment with our ‘affective artwork’,” says the designers.


Not only is the Lighting Cup entirely functional as a teacup but also turns into decorative lighting when combined with the saucer featuring an embedded LED light. The light can be turned on and off with a touch interface and is powered by a rechargeable battery that supports a Micro-USB connection.