“Wood You Like a Cup of Tea” Pot

A Swedish designer channels history and nature for a teapot with a volcanic look

With a brutish form and use of volcanic black material, Swedish designer Jakob Solgren’s teapot makes a bold statement in a field often considered a defining one in an industrial designer’s career. The humble vessel, providing ample opportunities for personal twists on the spout or the handle, not only functions as a design rite of passage but is also an object all designers seem to …

Katherine Morling’s Sculptural Ceramics

Katharine Morling reinvents ceramics with a touch of the surreal

Working out of one of South London’s hidden creative hubs, the mystical New Cross and Deptford, Katharine Morling creates whimsical and often outlandish sculpture from porcelain and ceramics. A world away from the often stuffy stigma of the form, her work attracts a solid base of admirers on the strength of her imagination alone. Lately the designer has moved her collection on a notch, following …

Tom Dixon Utility Collection

Launched earlier this year at the 2009 London Design Week, Tom Dixon's latest collection finally hits retailers in January 2010. As one of the leading ambassadors for British design, Dixon continues to explore sustainability issues with his Utility collection, adding extra emphasis on well-crafted construction. Acknowledging that just creating products from biodegradable materials—such as his Eco Ware collection—is simply not enough, the Utility collection concentrates …