Retroviral is a collection of Fine Bone China mugs featuring striking renderings of the microscopic structure of viruses: HIV, Herpes Simplex (HSV-1), Influenza, Measles, Rabies and Smallpox. The virus drawings by Helena Maratheftis are based on Electron Microscope imagery, while the retro stylings of the mugs riff on vintage textiles. 

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.

The mugs were designed in London and are hand decorated in the “potteries” of Stoke-on-Trent, using traditional silk screen techniques. They and are microwave and dishwasher safe.



Supporting Global Healthcare

50 pence from the sale of every Retroviral is 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 LSHTM 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.

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