Snuggle up with a good cuppa and a scone or two (sold separately). Whether yours is Darjeeling, Earl Grey or good old-fashioned English Breakfast, brew it in a teapot too beautiful to cover with a cosie.
1. Blackberry Teapot: £29.50, marksandspencer.com
Just like a good cup of tea, there’s something comforting about this classic earthenware teapot from Marks & Spencer. A blue and white pattern of tangled blackberries around the round sides and lid give it some vintage charm, reminding us of big breakfasts in old-fashioned B&Bs.
2. Marimekko Saapaivakirja Teapot: £74, cloudberryliving.co.uk
Finnish illustrator Maija Metsola’s teapot belongs to the Weather Diary collection for Marimekko. Watercolour splashes of yellow and grey represent autumn’s low sun and rainy skies and the black strokes evoke long swaying grasses.
3. Menu Kettle Teapot: £49, utilitydesign.co.uk
This transparent pot showcases the tea infusion process and keeps all other details pared back and minimal. Encased in hand blown glass, the central infuser can be raised with a silicon string once you are happy the desired strength of tea has been reached.
4. Jansen + Co My Teapot: £47.50, howkapow.com
Designer Anouk Jansen’s bright and jolly tea service is made up mugs, teapots, jugs and cake stands with lids and handles in contrasting colours. The teapot comes in three versions; the fun part is deciding how best to mix and match them with the rest of the collection.
5. Stelton Cylinda-Line AJ Teapot: £209, houseology.com
Danish super designer Arne Jacobsen created this teapot for Stelton, breaking with all the rules of a traditional pot. In polished stainless steel, with round body and a strange profile to spout and handle, it is an industrial design classic (hence the hefty price tag) and a paean to machine manufacture.
6. Hackney Empire Teapot: £70, houseofhackney.com
House of Hackney have made a name for themselves putting a modern twist on British classics. The Hackney Empire teapot is made in bone china, and decorated with a range of fantastical animals that take on human habits: a smoking sloth, a frog in a bowler hat and a badger enjoying a drink.
7. Denby Monsoon Jerez Teapot: £35, debenhams.com
The charming Jerez teapot – adorned in a knit-like array of concentric patterns of hearts, shapes and flowers – is designed for china specialists Denby by high-street fashion retailer Monsoon. It’s not just for looking pretty though, the teapot is dishwasher and microwave safe.
8. AJ Teapot With Typography: £72, skandium.com
Another Arne Jacobsen classic. Design Letters produce this teapot and a whole range of interiors accessories that feature the designer’s vintage typography from 1937. The simple form makes the slim pointed lettering stand out beautifully; it would make a great personalised gift for a graphic design fan.
9. Amorim Alma Gemea Teapot: £28, amara.com
Cork makes an unusual but practical combination with earthenware in the Alma Gemea teapot made by Amorim, a leading producer of cork products from Portugal. The small spout and square handle are inspired by traditional Portuguese pottery. There range includes white and black versions, along with other pieces that all use cork as an accent.
10. Blaggard Teapot: £100, lunanadcurious.com
Inspired by sailors’ tattoos, the Blaggard teapot is designed to celebrate “all the souls who have become lost at tea.” The imaginative design in fine bone china is the collaboration of ceramic specialists welovekaoru and interaction designers Piccadilly Curtains.
For an usual and eye-catching pot without shelling out for a big designer name, our vote goes to the Amorim cork and earthenware number.
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