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How about a nice cup of tea, hmmm? | Manolo for the Home

How about a nice cup of tea, hmmm?

Yesterday morning, when I opted to use my actual teapot for tea instead of using my monogrammed coffee pot like I usually do, I discovered (tragedy of all tragedies) that the damn thing had sprung a leak. It will now forever be a display piece doomed to regular polishings rather than regular use. C’est la vie, right?

But it means that I’m in the market for a new teapot, and not just any old teapot. As it happens, I think I’ve found the perfect solution to my leaky pot problem in the practical artwork of one Christine Misak. She takes unloved and unwanted tea sets and transforms them by integrating the old and the new.

I can’t decide between the green and the black

Her original recycled tea sets are resurfaced using colorful and vivid enamels, creating something that hints at the past yet appears thoroughly modern — rather like the Jonathan Adler busts I mentioned the other day.

Even more modern

Like the originals, these sets call to mind the past without being stuck in it, but they feel even more contemporary because of the addition of angular, rather Danish handles.

Mixing the old and the new

With this set, plasticky contemporary jugs are toned down by the addition of ornate silver tone lids and handles. I can’t say that I care much for these, being that I don’t think the two pieces mesh particularly well.

A more striking combination

The disparate elements of these pieces, on the other hand, seem to come together a lot more organically, creating a tea set that just looks “right.”

5 Responses to “How about a nice cup of tea, hmmm?”

  1. mkb February 29, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    We got a wedding present tea set from Peter Pots, who makes all his stuff by hand.

  2. Never teh Bride February 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

    Oooh, I like those!

  3. Twistie February 29, 2008 at 7:50 pm #

    Okay, I need to look into these. When I get my dream kitchen (based on decorative motifs from Yellow Submarine), these tea sets would fit in perfectly! I adore the lucious colors!

    (covets a lot)

  4. raincoaster March 1, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    Those are very snazzy. Trivia: did you know that sometimes old silverware, especially teapots, sells for less than the value of the silver in it? If you see something sterling but too beat-up to use, you might be able to make some coin selling it for the metal.

  5. Jelly March 3, 2008 at 9:46 pm #

    You have just made my Monday rock. These are so fantabulously cool. Thank you!