Tea Time Trends

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Cup

Tea time, that ancient midday tradition, is serving up bottomless cups of inspiration these days.

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Chair

In the April 2010 issue of H&H, style editor Michael Penney did a beautiful story on how to give new things the charming patina of age. One of my favourite projects was his tea-dyed pillows, which — a few bags of Red Rose later — looked like they belonged on the window seat in a grand but crumbling English country manor.

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Vase Bowl

At ICFF, I fell for London, U.K.-based Hanna Tonek Bonnett’s ceramics, which use traditional porcelain patterns in a modern way. Just a hint of print lines the inside lip of her earthenware vase and bowl.

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Chair Table

Similarly, designer Nika Zupanc’s 5 O’Clock collection for Moooi is lightly embellished with oversized pink roses inspired by the designer’s favourite china prints.

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Wallpaper Plates

This porcelain plate wallpaper, which features prints of vintage bone china patterns, takes the idea of using plates as wall decoration to its logical end.

Photo Blog July 22 Tea Trends Lights Pendant

And English lighting company Original BTC’s porcelain pendants are steeped in the tea-drinking nation’s quirky style.

Care for a cuppa?

For more of my favourite items from New York’s ICFF, read my ICFF Design Finds blog post.

Photo credits:
1. Allen & Gerritsen blog
2. House & Home April 2010 issue, photography by Donna Griffith
3. Designers Tonek blog
4. Nika Zupanc’s 5 O’Clock chair and table, Moooi
5. Porcelain Wallpaper, Catkin Collection
6. Teacup & Saucer Pendant (left) and Tea 1 Pendant (right), Original BTC