Monday, April 29, 2013

Modern Teapots

Sorapot is a unique, modern teapot. Its architectural shape and simple functionality bring tea’s quiet beauty into sharp focus. Made from 304 stainless steel, borosilicate glass (Pyrex), and food-grade silicone, it articulates the ritual of tea making in a thoroughly modern way.

Capacity: 11 oz, just enough for two cups of tea.
Dimensions: 8"L x 6"H x 5"W
Materials: Stainless steel, Pyrex, Natural silicone, Featherweight Aesthetics, Solid Construction

Sorapot’s vaulting arch and curved geometry belie its industrial toughness. Made from investment-cast stainless steel, borosilicate glass (Pyrex), and food-grade silicone, your Sorapot will only look better as you use it. My dream is to find a well-loved, well-used Sorapot in an antique shop fifty years from now, and I designed with this image constantly on my mind. Investment-cast Stainless Steel.
     Sorapot’s stainless steel backbone is made using the same process as jet turbine blades and space shuttle components. Investment casting, also called lost wax, is one of the world’s first ways to form metal, yet it’s still used when precision and strength are critical. Investment casting costs more, but it imbues the Sorapot with a certain feel that’s unbelievable  any other way.

Andrew Zheng has designed an innovative turtle tea kettle that allows you to make tea, by brewing loose-leaf, teabags or compressed-tea. Inspired from the shape of turtle, the kettle is made of ceramic. It comes with a detachable glass container that allows you to brew the loose leaves separately, so that there are no leftovers to spoil your tea.

Place the kettle on the stove and allow the water to boil till a whistle is sounded and then, add the loose tea leaves in the glass container.
Set the timer cap, put it in the water filled kettle and wait for it to ring. The glass container has small machined holes that allow the tea to be brewed without having the tea to move around in the water. The top pops open when timer is up, just remove the glass container and serve the tea directly from the kettle. The kettle has a side window that allows you to check the water level of the container. The handle and timer cap is made out of a heat resistant phenolic plastic, which makes it easy to handle them when hot. The turtle tea kettle is still a concept, but once it gets real, it will surely be a fun to make perfect tea without any leaves bits.

Adding elegance and zest to the holy practice, designer Jeff Engelhardt has come up with a revolutionary teakettle called “Enso” that incorporates all parts of the tea ritual while carrying more emotional weight than a purely functional object.

The percolating teapot is divided into three segments: base, filter and upper compartment. Water in the base passes through tea leaves placed in the filter after it is heated on the stove-top and fresh tea rises through the leaves to the upper compartment, where it is ready to serve.
The "Enso" not just enhances the looks of the cherished housewares, but also promises a refined taste to your cup of tea.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Country Hill residence in Austin, Texas

Reflecting the beautiful surroundings, the Country Hill residence, located in Austin, Texas is the pure expression of elegance and refinement. Spacious, sophisticated and with an amazing view, the house enhances the feeling of well-being. Jauregui Architects, Interiors & Construction managed to create an exquisite décor, showcasing that when it comes to a project of such importance, design has to be nothing but timeless and classic. A couple of trees, lush turf and a small mini golf course create a relaxed ambience.

A wonderful knitted combination of rural and urban styles can be seen as soon as you step inside the mansion. Wooden beams and floors, bluestone walls, raw bricks and some shabby chic pieces of furniture (with an unpolished look) create the enchanting atmosphere of a fairytale. Bursts of royal blue, purple and high class materials (such as velvet) inspire the idea that you’ve just entered into a luxurious home sprinkled with a strong personality. What it’s really interesting is the way the architects chose to adorn the space with 
typography (French small boutique names) that often give you the feeling that you are wandering on the streets of Provence, even though you are just exploring the Country Hill’s spacious kitchen. The house is neat, rich – a place that inspires freshness and sophistication.

Friday, April 26, 2013

LM Box by Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh

Domaas/Høgh is a design duo of Ane Domaas and Kathrine Høgh who met at the Product Design program at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. They launched Domaas/Høgh in 2011 to create modest, everyday items and solutions with a hint of humor.

Their v is more than just a simple, wooden light box. Besides providing mood lighting, the box has hidden magnets inside so that you can pop your keys, notes and photos on the side like a mini inspiration board. Plus, you can write on the surface of the light.

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