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.

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