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.
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
(Images: Faith Durand)