Product designer, Joey Roth, likes to design things that articulate the beauty of everyday rituals, and we think he has hit the nail on the head with the Sorapot – a modern and unique teapot. Like his other products, the Sorapot combines functionality with honest, unfinished materials. It’s architectural form brings tea’s quiet beauty into sharp focus – an appliance that resembles a sculptural piece of art more than just a vessel used for brewing loose leaf tea.
The unit is made from 304 stainless steel and borosilicate glass (aka Pyrex) and food-grade silicone, and is available in polished or brushed finishes. The teapot holds 11 oz of liquid, perfect for two cups of tea and comes packaged in an eco-friendly wrapping made from recycled cardboard and moulded pulp – the same stuff that is used for egg cartons.
But wait, there’s more! One of Roth’s obsessions includes the study of products and how they age, particularly involving the appearance of patina on a product’s surface. Each Sorapot will “age” differently depending on how the user handles the unit and the type of tea used. Where some parts of the pot will remain unscathed thanks to constant informal burnishing from the user’s hands, other parts will become yellowed, browned or lightly stained to eventually create an antiqued look. While some consumers may see the patina process as a result of cheap materials, Roth has decided to embrace the natural oxidization process of the materials he works with – a truly interesting aspect of this beautiful product design.