How a teapot teavoluzionises
No teapot has ever created an uproar equal to that made by the introduction of the Mono Classic in 1983. Tea aficionados and design enthusiasts alike cheered the triumphant synthesis of form and function. The idea of making the sieve almost the same size as the teapot itself was a stroke of genius – the tea leaves now would have room to expand and fully release their aroma. Traditional tea brewing methods – teaballs, small sieves, and of course tea bags – all had a major shortcoming, they restrain the leaves, never letting them release their full flavor. The traditional English tea brewing method of pouring hot water over the leaves and leaving them in the teapot usually results in an unpleasant aftertaste. Mono teapots combine the advantages of established steeping methods while at the same time encouraging the full development of the leaves’ flavor. The use of non-porous materials further assures the purity of the brew: the sieve is made of stainless steel mesh, and the pot is heat resistant Duran glass. Intelligent and deliberate details further enhance the pleasure. The absolute geometry of the glass bowl ensures that the last vestige of tea containing the dregs remains in the pot.
The Mono tea portfolio was constantly extended. The Mono Filio teapots are a logical further development of the Classic variant. In two variants and two sizes they make the tea preparation to a fascinating spectacle: floating in a backdrop of glass, metal and light, the tea leaves develop their delicious aroma. With Mono Ellipse, Tassilo von Grolman once again came up with a surprise in 2010: For the first time worldwide, the heat-resistant borosilicate glass with asymmetrical shape, round at the top and elliptical at the bottom.
How it all started
In the autumn of 1980 Tassilo von Grolman was invited to a tea event at the Rosenthal Studio in Frankfurt to discuss the design and function of teapots. He concluded that in order to brew the perfect tea one needed two teapots: one to steep the tea in and another to sieve the brew into a prewarmed pot. This was a very unsatisfying process for the designer who started to obsess on the issue. After a sleepless night, he had the design for the Mono teapot.
Rat für Formgebung, Frankfurt · Haus Industrieform, Essen · DesignAusstellung, Moskau · Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Kassel · The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York · Cooper Hewitt Museum, New York 1985 · form 84, Frankfurt · Die Neue Sammlung – Staatl. Museum für angewandte Kunst, München · Corning Museum of Glass, New York 1985 · Victoria and Albert Museum, London · IF, Hannover 93 · DDC – Deutscher Designer Club, Frankfurt Silber · Good Design Award 2012 · German Design Award 2013 - Nominee