• 18Oct

    Oooh. As if having a cloche for your meal wasn’t enough, this cleverly designed little two cup teapot comes with it’s own adorable little cloche:

    This just begs for the fine Bed & Breakfast treatment. You know, a tray with tiny spring flowers in a vase and a covered gourmet breakfast to be eaten outside, in the rose garden.

    Made by Old Amsterdam Porcelain Works, the stainless steel cover over the white porcelain teapot is meant as a hip and modern alternative to fabric tea cozies for keeping your tea warm. While it apparently comes in two sizes, I think the small, two cup, personal size really has panache — and both come with a stainless steel tea infuser for loose leaf tea. It’s available all over the web but I first saw it on this site. As usual, it’s not cheap so I guess I’ll be waiting a while before I can test drive one.

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  • 29Mar

    I. Want. This!

    It would go SO WELL with my dinosaur  creamer!

    There are more space-themed teapots here, my favorite being Take Me To Your Leader.

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  • 29Mar

    Hopefully someone out there in Tea Land can help me with this one.

    While browsing the web, I stumbled across one of the sexiest single serving tea/teapot combination I’ve seen in a long while. Unfortunately, I’ve only a picture of it:

    Does anyone know who the maker/artist is of this lovely design? Has anybody tried this set? (I’m wondering if the seal works well when turning it over and removing the top after steeping.)

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  • 20Feb

    Smar Tea Teapot. Smar Tea? Smarty? Get it?

    Yeah, that’s what I thought too. But, ooh-la-la, this sexy teapot makes up for the silly-pun-name with its stylish curves:

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    Smar Tea Teapot

    Gadizmo describes it thus:

    Calling all design nerds! WMF is delivering another home goody courtesy of Metz and Kindler Product Design, the dynamic duo responsible for injecting sleek elements into simple, logical designs. The Smar Tea Teapot (you know you love a good pun) is a beautiful addition to the collection — made of heat-resistant glass and a matte stainless finish, the teapot makes brewing and serving tea a cinch. A mesh strainer insert clicks in and out of place for easy removal after steeping, replaced with a lid afterwards to help keep the tea warm while serving.


    From ProductWiki:

    The Smar Tea teapot is a unique fusion of modernity and classic design. The teapot takes all your concerns into consideration with a heat-resistant glass carafe and a lid which, when removed, also removes the tea strainer so the tea can stay in the carafe without getting stronger. The surprising kicker to the Smar Tea teapot is how the water in the carafe stays heated. The bottom of the teapot is a stainless steel warmer stand with a small cutout for a tea light. This small candle keeps the teapot temperate and adds an unexpected twist to a relatively simple product. The Smar Tea teapot was designed by the Metz and Kindler design team for WMF, based out of Germany. Their design philosophy focuses on product design that is both logical and simple and uses the basics of human behavior as their starting point for inspiration.

    Of course, it’s a bit expensive. (There seems to be a trend here with the sexy tea stuff that catches my eye.) Most sites list it as $137, but Amazon.com is offering it for $99.

    *sigh*

    I guess I’ll just oggle it from afar for now.

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  • 22Jan

    Another gorgeous design, this time from designer Lotte Alpert:

    The Lazy Teapot:

    A porcelain teapot is put in its associated holding device where it can be swayed forward well, directed so that the tea can be easily poured into a cup without having to lift the teapot. Furthermore the holding device is able to boil up the liquid in the teapot and to keep it warm precisely on different temperatures. The measured temperatures are read at the diodes in the region of the operational controls and compared with the temperature that was manually chosen. – Yanko Design

    It’s perhaps interesting to note that every review I’ve read so far of this concept design (it’s not available to buy) remarks that it is indeed pretty, but useless. Who would be so lazy that they would not need to lift a teapot?

    Well, maybe not lazy. Having spent a decade-and-a-half advocating for accessible web design, I can right away see a practical use for those who love their tea, but suffer from arthritis, or the grip weakness that comes with advanced age. There were a couple of times recently when I had trouble lifting a medium-sized teapot (filled with boiling hot water no less) safely – even with two hands – because of the osteoarthritis in my right hand.

    I hope this concept design see actual production, and finds its niche in accessible design.

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  • 21Jan

    I first saw the Zarafina tea maker at a local outlet of Le Gourmet Chef. The $149 price tag shooed me away, even as I lusted after the lovely design.

    According to the box, this automatic tea maker will steep both loose and bagged teas, up to 16 ounces at a time. There are built-in settings for black, oolong, green, white or herbal teas, so that you get the correct steep time (and water temperature) for each kind of tea. You can also adjust it  to your strength (mild to strong) preference.

    Mad Pots of Tea has an interesting review:

    But I wanted to say something more to my readers…about WHY I use the Zarafina Tea Maker Suite, and HOW it has changed my tea-making habits. To do this, I had to live with this machine for months, which furthered the delay in writing this review. So, how has Zarafina influenced the Tea Drinking Habits of Madam Potts?

    Check out Madam Potts’ entry to find out exactly how it changed her habits. Also check out Kitchen Contraption’s, GongFu Girl’s and E. M. Quardokus’ excellent reviews.
    The tea maker is available on Amazon.com right now for $89.99 and free shipping. That’s enough to make me consider getting one for my new home office.

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