A feature by Paul Makovsky on the Utanalog Teapot in
Dries Verbruggen has long been fascinated with an object
that doesn’t actually exist: the Utah teapot. Designed in
1975 by Martin Newell, a computer scientist at the University of
Utah, the digital vessel was the first complex 3-D computer model.
It has since become a standard computer-graphic reference, and
animators often use it as an inside joke. (It popped up in
Pixar’s Toy Story and an episode of The Simpsons, and it even
made its way into an animated video by the Norwegian synthpoppers
Röyksopp.) “It’s kind of like the rock star of the
3-D world,” says the Antwerp-based designer.