Retroviral is a capsule collection of Fine Bone China mugs which riff off unexpected biological motifs. The mugs feature striking representations of the microscopic structure of well-known viruses: HIV, Herpes Simplex (HSV-1), Influenza, Measles, Rabies and Smallpox. The artwork by Helena Maratheftis is based on Electron Microscope imagery.

The mugs are made of high-quality Fine Bone China, designed in London and hand decorated in Stoke-on-Trent. The mugs are microwave and dishwasher safe.

Retroviral makes you look twice – first at the boldly patterned design, and then again when you realise what you’re seeing! The collection is an artist’s spin on scientific information, designed for science geeks and design nerds alike.



Supporting Global Healthcare

Five pence from the sale of every Retroviral mug will be donated to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, a world-leader in the field of infectious disease research.

Thefty is committed to supporting research towards improving global healthcare. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has projects and partnerships in over 100 countries, with scientists working on vaccines, treatments and cures – as well as translation of knowledge into policy and practice. Thefty is proud to contribute to  LSHTM’s mission to improve health and health equity in the UK and around the world.

To read more about the school, please visit the LSHTM website.

To donate directly to LSHTM from anywhere in the world, click here.


 About the Viruses

About Herpes


About HIV


About Rabies