Steeped in Style

Patricia Boyer, Lois Bloom - October 2012

For genteel afternoon gatherings, quiet room service, suppertime repasts, or business breakout sessions, it’s time to refresh your tea service. Lois Bloom and Patricia Boyer highlight objects to lend some panache.

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    Izabel Lam New York ( The “Rain” 3.5" by 3", 5-ounce porcelain sugar & creamer have a silver glaze for an added touch of elegance. They are reinforced with magnesium for durability. A gold glaze is available by special order.

    Steelite International USA ( “Optik” is a sophisticated update of a classic with stunning embossment and a tactile surface. The 21-ounce beverage pot and lid are shown.

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    Lenox ( A scroll motif in raised relief adds a classic touch to the casual setting of “Opal Innocence Carved.” The 22-ounce fruit bowl is a welcome accessory to tea service.

    Seltmann USA ( Formed from a unique process of high firing, “Diamant” porcelain combines the best features of hard and soft porcelain: a creamy delicate translucence on thin forms that are strong, durable, and scratch resistant. The 15-ounce teapot with tea infuser is shown atop a warming stand.

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    Rosenthal USA ( Contemporary “Nendoo,” designed by Metz & Kindler, features ornamental and functional combinations suited to modern dining habits. The 4" and 7" footed plates are shown.

    Oneida Foodservice ( Accessorize in mirror finish 18/10 stainless steel with “New Rim” pastry tongs and “Noblesse” tea strainer with base.

    Bernardaud ( The luminous “L.15” 17-ounce porcelain teapot has a neoclassic shape with vertical wavelike columns. Extremely heat resistant, it’s ideal for hotel dining and room service.

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    Villeroy & Boch ( “Sedona” white-on-white with harmonious relief lines creates an elegant presentation in a 13 1/2-ounce individual teapot.

    Libbey Foodservice ( From Syracuse China, “Slenda” porcelain is an extensive collection of functional, durable contemporary pieces. Shown are the 9-ounce teacup and the 7" offset-well saucer.

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    Orion Trading & Design ( “Leeds” tea accessories, in 18/8 etched stainless steel with ball feet, include a lemon trough (5" by 3" by 1 3/4") and 5-ounce creamer (3 1/4" by 2 1/16" by 2 1/2").

    RAK (; fka Kenilworth) Classic and exceptionally durable, the “Philadelphia” tea service from the Hall collection includes a covered sugar and 10-ounce creamer.

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    Sambonet ( The two-tier 18/10 stailess-steel pastry stand by Arthur Krupp stands 8" high with 4" and 6" tiers.

    American Metalcraft ( Hammered stainless-steel accessories include angled and rounded containers and small trays. The 2" by 2 3/4" tray holds tea bags or sweetener packets. The 5-ounce milk carton creamer is also available in white ceramic.

    Nachtmann ( “Dancing Square Bossa Nova” translates textural basket weave through the sparkle of clear glass. The 6" by 16 1/2" rectangular plate and 7" square bowls are featured here.