Beautiful Tea Ball & Espresso Maker from Freud United

International Home & Housewares Show 2011

Here's one of the more beautiful things I've seen so far at the 2011 Housewares Show: A stovetop set of tools for making hot tea and espresso. The photos don't do them justice; they just stopped me in my tracks.

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These two pots remind me of both steampunk-style design and the classic teak tableware from Dansk and Jens Quistgaard.

The gadget on the left is a teaball. It has a removable tea infuser basket, and it brews up to six cups of tea at a time. The espresso maker, on the right, can brew espresso on the stovetop, like a moka pot.

These are from England, where the teaballs are used in many tea shops. But this classy design doesn't come cheap; the teaball is already available in the United States and it retails for about $100.

Find it: Teaball with Wood Handle, $105 at Horne

Related: The Hario Teapot: Six Reasons Why This is My Favorite!

(Images: Faith Durand)

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