Get cozy with these teapots, cups and infusers

  • Sleek lines: Toast Living H.A.N.D Copper-Tone Kettle, $200, mrporter.com Mr. Porter—TNS

  • Tea for two: Tom Dixon blown glass Bump Tea Cups, $110, for two, tomdixon.net Tom Dixon—TNS

  • Small treasure: Foundwell JF Fradley & Co sterling silver tea infuser, $450, mrporter.com Mr. Porter—TNS

  • Mnimal matters: CB2’s steep wood tea cup, $9.95, cb2.com CB2—TNS

  • Tom Dixion polished, spun brass Form Teapot, $120, tomdixon.net Tom Dixon—TNS

  • Go natural: CB2’s stoneware Bitty Dark Clay Teacup, $2.50, cb2.com CB2—TNS

Chicago Tribune
Thursday, January 18, 2018

Tea is so much more than the drink. Tea is an experience, visual, sensory, spiritual, whether you're at an afternoon reception for 50 — don't forget the cucumber sandwich — or sipping a mug in solitude before going to bed. So many factors play into an appreciation of tea, from the type of leaves you choose to whether you drink yours with milk, sweetener of lemon.

It's the teapot, though, that provides the biggest impact. Not only is it the vessel in which to brew the tea, but its shape, its design, its look, all affect the experience of drinking tea. Just visualize what it's like to drink tea from great-grandmother's imposing silver urn in the drawing room versus tea poured from a homely, squat brown pot in the den. Different experiences, yes, but both can be memorable, depending on whom you're with, your mood and how the tea makes you feel.

If you're lucky, the memories will linger long after the last drop is drunk.

Here are a few chic teapots, cups and infusers in which to enjoy your next cup of tea — and memories.