ISSUE 5  |  Inspired by Iberia

A Tea Set Combines Cork and Color

January 31, 2012 2:30 PM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

The Whistler Cork Teapot in MoMA's Destination Portugal collection demonstrates what can come about when designers use indigenous materials to create modern products.

Portuguese designer Raquel Castro is doing her bit to help Portugal's cork industry, which has suffered in recent years from the wine and champagne industry's move to screw-top lids and plastic closures. We think the considered application of cork's thermal properties is a stroke of genius. The teapot also has sugar and creamer containers and teacups to match.

Above: The Whistler Cork Teapot (with Cork Creamer and Teacup) is made of ceramic earthenware and cork; prices range from $4.95 to $11.95.

Above: The Whistler Cork Teapot has a generous opening at the top for easy filling and a spout for pouring; $11.95.

Above: The Whistler Cork Sugar Pot comes with corks stoppers in red; $5.95.

Above: The Whistler Cork Teacup has a cork base for the easy handling of hot drinks; $4.95.