Zero Handles, Many Uses: Modern Asian Tea Cups

published Sep 24, 2010
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When the weather turns cool (c’mon weather… turn cool already!), it’s so nice to wrap your hands around a mug without handles, whether it’s full of tea or coffee. But slim, Asian tea cups—especially these colorful, modern ones—could also serve as chic pencil holders or a vessel for slurping miso soup.

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We have some mismatched tea cups in our cabinets that we frequently use for collecting olive pits, serving dips, or combining spice mixtures. They really would be a fun way to serve a small amount of soup as a first course at a dinner party, too.

• 1. Silicone Sleeve Tea Cup, $8.50 at Pearl River
• 2. Curve Asian Style Tea Cup with Infuser & Lid, $19.99 at Amazon
• 3. Japanese Tea Cup Set, $39.95 at Tea Forte
• 4. Tea Mug, $20 at MoMA Store
• 5. Owl Tea Set, $42.50 at Pearl River

Do you have any interesting uses for handle-less tea cups?