tilt cup

When you put away your freshly-washed glasses, do you place them with the opening up or down? You might put them with the edge down so any leftover water can find its way out, but what if the cup accumulates mildew? You might put them with the edge up, but you stand the chance of finding a little puddle inside next time you pull it out to use it.

mildew in drying cups

The Tilt Cup by designer Huang Shi-hao includes a peculiar feature that eliminates this dilemma. The cup’s edge has a dipped portion, allowing it to tilt slightly. Air circulates under and into the cup so the water can drip down without creating mildew or mustiness.

tilt drying cup

The best part of the design is that the modification doesn’t impede regular use of the object. The weight of the cup is distributed well enough that it is still stable even when turned onto its curved end. The very simple solution also happens to make the glasses look a bit more elegant.