This project was inspired from the common cultural experience of tea loving between Japan and the UK. Drinking tea permeates our everyday life, and this commonality has broadened the possibilities in the design development. . In terms of design it is a detail that embraces and reinforces the minimalistic concept, yet adds a warm aspect to the appearance. The project combines the culture of drinking tea with the simplicity and purity of a clean and elegant design, whilst maintaining a modern look.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The inspiration has come from dual cultural experiences, and shows originality in terms of design and function. It has a minimalist shape, with no handle to break its clean lines - a tribute to the traditional Japanese teacup, and a tealight module fits perfectly in the base to keep drinks warm. One of the strengths of the handl-free idea allows the teapot to be easily cleaned and stored, maximising space in a cupboard. The design also extends ceramic’s natural property of insulation.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
How to use:
Put a tea light in the stackable module at the bottom of the ‘teapot mug’, fill up the mug with your favourite tea (or any drink you prefer), place it on top of the tea-light module, which idea came from the long cold seasons in the UK . Enjoy sipping your drink as it is kept at a constant temperature, long enough for you to enjoy your drink peacefully. Moreover, the wool cover prevents your fingers from getting burned.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project started in the middle of 2013, had been examined the shape of the spout, teapot itself to hold nicely and completed in 2015. The final piece was exhibited at deignersblock 2015 during the London design festival in 2015.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The process of the project went through several stages to reach its best shape. The first design was a cylindrical shape and although it is visually appealing, the volume of liquid the teapot could contain was limited as well as its size. Modifying the shape increased both of these aspects. As a handle is not part of the design, the outline of the pot is sized in order to be easily grabbed and carried around. The spout was carefully considered; its shape makes it drip free.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Total hight 220mm, 110mm x 90mm
Earthenware, wool and wood were used for this project. The teapot itself could be developed with porcelain for its durability in future.
tea lover, kitchenware, ceramic, wool, natural colour, wood, simple, minimal
Observing people in everyday life in the UK and Japan is personally always good start for a new creation. Having looked at how people drink tea both in Japan and the UK, research was conducted to identify the cultural significance of tea drinking and how the experience could be improved. Because there is no handle the size and shape of the cup is critical, design research was carried out to choose the appropriate shape; Physically hold many mugs, check average size of mugs.
One of the challenging points was determining the right shape for the spout to allow for smooth pouring. Removing the handle created simple lines and reduces use of space in the cupboard, but because of that it needs to be sized to have certain depth to be held by hand. Finding a balance of its volume to contains liquid, and size of the body was one of the hardest stages to accomplish the project. Larger size could be developed for the next stage for family use.
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All images: Designer, Sayoko Shibuya, 2016
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