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Meet Tina Tsang of Undergrowth Design

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Tina Tsang

Tina Tsang

Bestow had a chat with Tina Tsang, the witty designer behind the adventurous and perverse Blaue Blume tea set. This quirky but delicate collection caught our eye and has since become a Bestow favorite. We loved the phrases, “scrumptious” and “aphrodisiac” that adorn these pieces. Bestow founder and Creative Director,  Amy Demas fell in love with the idea of taking it a bit further. She then suggested using the phrase “Eat Me” on the dessert stand. Tina’s willingness to customize the collection for the Bestow customer has further endeared her in our hearts.

What inspired the Blaue Blume collection?
I was a lingerie designer at the time so I was working with lace, coupled by my background in animation; it all came together because of the different disciplines I had been involved in.

What is earthenware? How is it made?
Earthenware is a type of clay, we could not use porcelain since the legs would bend too much in the kiln and it would be very difficult to achieve the same results. Earthenware is a more flexible medium.

Do you hand-make each piece?
Yes we hand finish and paint each piece from our handmade manual slip cast moulds.

Suagr Bath with legs spoon

Sugar Bath with legs spoon


Red Shoes Legs Teapot

At what point did you start customizing the sets?
After the success of the gold shoes, I decided to launch the red and black shoes. But it took time to get the right red.

What kind of gold is used for the writing?
9K gold plated.

What do you have planned for 2009?
Many more projects apart from those with legs, I’ve seen enough legs for a lifetime! I’m finishing off the Blaue Blume range with the ice cream cup and a large cake display and launching the pink range to have them all in very light faded pink as well.

Legs Dessert Stand

Legs Dessert Stand

What is the best gift you’ve received?
A book by Sylvia Plath.

What is one of your favorite gifts that you’ve given to someone?
Shoes from the old curiosity shop in London. They are so amazing and all handmade in his basement workshop, the oldest shop in London, and the actual shop Charles Dickens wrote about.

Tell us about your most spontaneous moment.
When I joined a pair of dolls legs to a teacup! I was just fooling around but they actually looked quite good so I went with the idea

My passion is…
Vintage fairs in Paris, eating cake and dreaming.

A graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art, Tina is inspired by the obscure and uncanny.  She currently runs her own manufacturing agency trading with china in garments and does freelance fashion styling.

View the entire Blaue Blume collection at