Sorapot is a unique, modern teapot. Its architectural shape and simple functionality bring tea’s quiet beauty into sharp focus. Made from 304 stainless steel, borosilicate glass, and food-grade silicone, it articulates the ritual of tea making in a thoroughly modern way. Sorapot encompasses two approaches to sustainability: design for patina, and design for impermanence. As you use your teapot, it will change based on how you hold it, how you clean it, and the type of tea you use. The uncoated stainless steel will develop a sheen where you grasp it, and will gradually become more matte in other areas. Over time, a gradient of surface shine will form over your Sorapot’s body, making it more beautiful than the day you took it out of its package. We took an opposite, yet still sustainable approach with the packaging, designing its shape and choosing materials with impermanence in mind. It’s made from recycled cardboard and molded paper pulp- the same material used to make egg crates. Instead of hiding these materials behind a layer of glossy paper, I used its fluting and imperfections as central design elements. The package is fastened with natural jute rope, and avoids the use of tape and staples.