• 05Mar

    I just had to point out the “kitty in a teapot” picture over at CuteOverload:

    kitty in a teapot

    That is all. I’m off to find more pictures of impossibly adorable creatures in teacups and teapots.

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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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