Time for Tea
Though we love (read: need) our morning coffee at Dwell, we're also great fans of tea. From hip tea lounges to tea-flavored ice cream to green tea supplements, it's clear that this culturally significant beverage has gone mainstream Stateside. And whether you go in for oolong or Earl Grey, we've rounded up a selection of some of the best modern tea products. (Still prefer a cup of Joe? Check out our favorite products for coffee lovers.)
When I started entertaining at my upstate house I was stunned that many people don't drink coffee. Life without coffee? Never! But with more and more houseguests requesting tea, I decided to go a mission to find not only the perfect tea kettle, but also the perfect teapot.
Who better than a British designer to dream up a smart modern tea pot. Nick Munro—based in Chester, the United Kingdom—takes a classic silhouette we all recognize and updates it by using 18/10 stainless steel as the main material. "A long time ago I visited a tea warehouse where they had a myriad of loose tea in boxes from all over the world. That got me thinking about where tea comes from and all the different types of leaves and flavours that are produced. The Spheres infusers were therefore inspired by the idea of tea leaves from around the world and I designed the infuser basket to work with all types of loose leaf flavors," writes Munro on his site.
You may have heard of the hot beverage made by steeping dry tea leaves into boiling water. Tea in all its varieties and forms—black, white, green, powdered as matcha, and more—has been a hit for over five millennia, with its original development linked to China. So when a Stockholm-based design company, Afteroom, advocates "the traces of time," it comes to us with no surprise that they offer these two innovative tea products—the Tea Caddy Set and Tea Brick. Whether you're a flourishing aficionado or budding connoisseur, Afteroom has got you covered. In the tea department, that is.
Stunning and deceptively simple, the Karmi tea canister, made in the century's old Yamanaka tradition, can take over a year to complete. Craftsmen carve each groove in the cherry birch by hand; each piece is carefully dried over several months.
A spot of tea becomes a playful tabletop game in this set. After your brew steeps, remove the pot's wooden lid, which doubles as a spinning top.
Le Creuset’s pretty and practical kettles quickly boil water for tea, French-press coffee, oatmeal and more. At home in both traditional and contemporary kitchens, this classic design combines the elegant styling of an antique with elements of modern technology. This kettle features a unique locking handle and heat-resistant phenolic knob for easy lifting, pouring and cleaning. Single-tone whistle lets you know when water reaches a rolling boil.