Mimesis in design is something we do often. We take the parts of nature that work really well and apply it to the things we make, like this teapot by Nikolo Kermiov. Simple in form and material, the Upon Teapot draws it’s inspiration from rain falling on a mountain top.
The main idea behind Upon-tea pot was to make/transform preparing and serving tea primarily to a visual experience. Inspiration was also sought from the origins of tea – the mountain landscapes where clouds almost seem like made of tea/rain tea. Upon also beautifully refracts light between the three different materials.
Honestly, this looks like the fanciest bong ever but I have to give Nokolo props for something so simple. I appreciate that he’s only using glass, cork, and ceramic, and that all of the pieces work together so poetically. For now this is only a prototype but it sounds like there are plans to try to get it into production. You know this would look really sexy sitting on your kitchen counter.