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Rethinking tea rituals using induction technology.


A borosilicate glass and maple tea service, Faraday merges the task of preparing tea with the social experience of consuming it. The use of induction technology allows the heating of elements to take place at the table, while other objects remain cool and unaffected by the electronic currents being generated inside the tray. 

Aligning the understanding of tea ceremony with the parameters of induction, we were able to explore form and function – smells, textures, and temperatures overlapping in a play of scientific snacking.

“When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment?”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Product design
Interaction design
Physical prototyping

Projet Details: 
The project was on display at the Heller Gallery in 2011 during Design Week.
A collaboration with Kate Bailey under our studio name Free Time