Oh teapot. We’d like to give a cuppa and a biscuit to the visionary who came up with that little number. The only problem is, since its humble beginnings, rather a lot of incarnations (not to mention colours) have emerged. We couldn’t pick just one. So we picked ten.
We’ve done a lot of research. In fact, we’d consider ourselves experts in this field. Basing our judgements on function as well as form, we’ve whittled this selection down to our ten very favourite teapots. What do you think? If there are any you real treasures you think we should know about – let us know. We can always do with another cuppa.
Billy Lloyd has a calm, restrained aesthetic and his focus is on elegant forms that are designed to be used. His teapot is a beautiful piece of design, which the designer himself describes as the pinnacle of his range. Until we spoke to Billy, we didn’t know quite how difficult the teapot is to craft. We do now. Respect your teapots, people.
There is something irresistible about the simple but striking Forlife teapot. It seems like a friendly teapot, as teapots go. Plus it’s got hidden depths: the friendly ceramic body conceal a stainless steel tea infuser to ensure your brew is perfectly concocted. As functional as it is bright and beautiful. Brill.
And if you like the look of this striking Forlife chappy, we’re excited to be featuring the Stump teapot in no fewer than nine different colours next week on LLUSTRE.com. Phew. That’s a LOT of tea.
Höganäs Keramik is unmistakable. Unusual shapes (elongated lines and unexpected curves), stamp engravings and the chunky, cute handle, this Höganäs teapot is a classic. It also holds 1.5 litres of tea. We think even we might struggle with 1.5 litres of tea.
And you can get this industrial-inspired beauty on LLUSTRE.com now (as well as a selection of other striking Höganäs accessories). Fab foodie columnist Mary Douglas-Home is a fan of their beautiful eathenware, so we know we’re onto something here.
If you prefer to steer clear of kitsch patterns, and retro chic, Sowden’s practical and understated design is perfect. With its smooth lines and strong shape it’s a simple, stylish little thing and we love it.
JANSEN + CO
Jansen + Co’s My Teapot has a cheerful retro feel to it. Ash grey combined with bright red and blue gives a wonderful, bright contrast. This teapot would fit right in with the mismatched selection of mugs you always end up with and make it look deliberate. (That’s right, we did it on purpose. It was an aesthetic decision. And a very good one too.)
If posh tea is your (tea) bag, and it’s Earl Grey or bust, let Royal Albert take you on an authentic tea date in the glory days of tea and scones. Bone china, aqua and white polka dot print with single rose motifs and gold rim: yep, this teapot is the pinnacle of elegance. Get practicing your curtsey.
MAXWELL AND WILLIAMS
The Monoca teapot has a sharp yet delicate appearance. The clean, white aesthetic is sophisticated and calming, just what you need in the morning before work, and – even more – to relax with afterwards.
Richard Brendon took the classic Willow pattern from traditional blue china, and transformed it into a thoroughly modern tea set. ‘Details from Willow’ is a fresh take on a classic, with beautiful details complementing traditionally elegant china. A contemporary nod to nostalgia: smart stuff.
Look out for Richard Brendon – coming soon to LLUSTRE.com!
The Kinto One Touch Teapot has a wonderfully contemporary design, and the round shape of the glass also assists the diffusion of the tea. So, if you like contemporary design but think your tea deserves serious respect, the Kinto teapot is the one for you. It’s nice when a teapot thinks of everything.
A simple chrome tea press gets the best out of tea leaves, but we also love the elegant lines and lively splashes of colour on the lid and base.
And if entertaining is your thing, why not incorporate one of these fab tea parties into a dinner party spread? Yep – it’s perfectly acceptable to spend 99% of your time talking about, thinking about or consuming food. Perfectly acceptable.