Kirstie van Noort (1986) sees design as a way to communicate a certain process or the story behind a material. When she finds a new material, she starts with making detailed experiments and tests. The outcome of these experiments form the basis for new concepts and final products.
Van Noort graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven in 2011 and has since that time had her own studio. One of her most interesting works is her study of Cornwall and the influence of the mining industry onto the landscape, Visiting twelve different mines, she collected samples of residue from porcelain, copper and tin.
These formed the base material for a ceramic paint that can be used to color porcelain. Once dried, ground and diluted with water, the paints were developed and applied to earthenware and china and the end results can be found in Van Noort’s work entitled ‘Ceramic Paint/Collection Cornwall’.
This relatively new brand of The H&M Group shows an profound interest in the history of tea. In their homeware collection they have an special landing page for their small tea collection. Arket has fill his collection with tea from Stockholm-based coffee roaster and tea trader Johan & Nyström, ceramics by England-based Price & Kensington and tea-containers of a small studio in east Tokyo, SyuRo.
I love the small teapot and the cream cups to create the perfect English black tea with milk. Can't wait till they will expand this collection and give tea drinking the much deserved attention to show her rich history and endless possibilities in flavors.
Just because I love handcrafted teaware. Totem is a collection of homeware and jewelry from Berkeley CA, inspired by natural forms, simplicity, and traditional craft.
If you are still struggling to brew the perfect cup of tea, this Tea Maker might be something for you. This machine sounds perfect for the busy or lazy tea lover. It works with algorithms to decide how hot the water should be and how long the brewing time should be.
The tea selection they have definitely sound promising, pure and natural tea leaves. Oolongs and lots of variations of Japanese green teas. Although I almost love the proces of making tea more than drinking a cup of tea. This could be a great way to learn more about high quality teas. Don't you think? Plus, I think it looks nice.
all images are by Teforia
So you've decided to get serious about your tea.
You've ditched cheap teabags for more premium, full-flavored loose leaves and you're ready to start brewing. Tea doesn't need any ceremony or special equipment to taste great, and the more money you save on brewing tools, the more you have to spend on better tea. But what to brew with?
Best known way (next to teabags) to brew tea. It gives the tea more room to expand to two to five times their dry size, so they can release their full flavor. This is for the beginning tea lover
This is yokode kyusu, a teapot with a side handle. If you're a really big fan of delicate Japanese green teas, this is the perfect teapot. The tea leaves float freely in the teapot and are filter by the mesh filter at the base of the spout of the Kyusu.
If you want to take it a step further you try this classic Chinese brewing vessel is called a gaiwan. It's nothing more than a cup with a lid that you fill with leaves and brew in, then decant, using the lid as a strainer. It gives the tea more breathing room, so to speak, for water to circulate around them.
clay teapot (expert)
This teapot is for the expert tea geek. Simply put, these are small (one cup) pots made of fine clay that are left unglazed, so the clay can directly interact with the tea while brewing. You typically pair a pot with a single style of tea, and over time that tea will form a distinct patina on the pot's interior.