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10 Easy Pieces: Modern Glass Teacups


10 Easy Pieces: Modern Glass Teacups

March 22, 2018

Since spending time with a new friend, I’ve been exposed to the rich tea culture celebrated by Persians (and others) and the trappings that go along with it: the samovar (a sort of double-boiler teapot with separate chambers for hot water and concentrated tea), the cardamom-inflected black tea blend that steeps inside, and the teacups, which are always glass. Why, you ask? Because the tea drinker mixes water and tea from the samovar to her liking—and she’ll know she has it right by checking her glass.

Though we love the look of traditional Moroccan-style teacups (see 5 Favorites here), we prefer cups with handles for everyday use. Here are 10 modern, clear glass teacups ready and waiting for Persian-style tea.

food 52 glass teacups
Above: These Glass Tea Cups from French brand Palais des Thés are made in France and hold seven ounces each. They’re $24 for a set of four at Food52.
kinto cast modern glass teacups
Above: The Cast collection from Japanese brand Kinto comes in a variety of sizes. We like the 7 1/2-ounce Cast Coffee Cup best (shown filled, at left); $36.40 for a set of four. For a wider, shallower version, try the Cast Teacup (shown front right).
kurasu claska clear glass teacup
Above: This Glass Mug from Japanese brand Claska has a double-wall design to keep tea hotter longer. It’s made by hand and holds 8 1/2 ounces; $18.87 at Kurasu.
century house clear glass teacup
Above: Designed by Japanese architects Studio Shirotani, this Kinto Glass Mug has a 10 1/2-ounce capacity and a modern, angled handle; $10.50 at the Century House.
trendglass clear glass teacup
Above: We’ve long been fans of German brand Trendglas (see our post Award-Winning German Glass for the Kitchen for more). This 20-ounce Glass Mug is made in Hungary; $22 at Goop.
hay clear glass teacup
Above: This Glass Coffee Mug is from Danish design house Hay; $10 from Finnish Design Shop. (A taller, narrower Glass Tea Cup is also available.)
cb2 clear glass teacup
Above: CB2’s Cantina Glass Mug looks uncannily like Hay’s version; $3.95.
luminaire clear glass teacup
Above: This double-walled Classic Glass Cup from Paris-based Silodesign holds five ounces of tea and comes with a clear glass lid; $40 at Luminaire.
muji clear glass teacup
Above: Muji’s 12-ounce Heatproof Glass Mug is sold out in the US but still available to UK shoppers; £6.95.
ikea clear glass teacup
Above: A sturdy, budget pick: this eight-ounce Clear Glass Mug is $1.99 from Ikea.
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