For perfectionist tea lovers on your list, these beautifully designed teacups (on CH here last month) are now in production. The work of British designer Laura Bethan Wood the bone china cups are Â£35, come with a saucer and are all hand finished. This product challenges the assumption that useâ€”i.e. scratches, discoloration, wear and tearâ€”is damaging or bad. Designed to improve through use, the inside of the cup is treated so that it is more susceptible to the staining that results from tea drinking. The more the cup is used, the more the pattern is revealed and, over time, the intensity of the pattern will increaseâ€”the speed depends on the ownerâ€™s personal tea drinking habit. Contact Laura through her site to purchase.
Added: December 2006