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Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu

Tea-time – Tea Steeper Design by Pengtao Yu
Timely Steeping I am in love with the Tea-time tea steeper for its intuitive design and simplistic interaction between tea leaves, water and steeping time! A flipping action, akin to starting the timer, sets the tea making process into action. Loose tealeaves and hot water do their steeping business and the ready tea slowly trickles down to the bottom beaker. The timer/filter hold back the leaves and your cuppa is ready to sip! A point to note is that designer Pengtao Yu has used a spring loaded timer to keep the product low-tech and traditional. Designer: Pengtao Yu Tea-time is a 2011 Spark Awards entry.

http://www.yankodesign.com/2011/08/04/timely-steeping/

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