kaikado tea caddys

the japanese company kaikado was established in tokyo in 1875, and have now been producing these hand-made tea caddys for six generations.

the double-walled construction guarantees excellent air tightness and will protect tea leaves from humidity whilst helping them to maintain their scent. in addition to being  used for storing tea leaves, the caddies be used to hold a wide variety of foodstuffs, including english or chinese tea, as well as coffee, spices, and grain.

what i like most about them is how they age over time. the three materials, brass, copper and tin, all take on completely different looks as they get older.

they are available from postcard teas in the uk, with prices ranging from about £80 to £140, depending on size and material.

le parfait jars

le parfait jars are the orignal and best preserving jars. a classic design!

What are the advantages of using Le Parfait?

• Convenient: easy to use, with no need for special instructions. A food preserved in a Le Parfait container is ready to use or eat simply by opening the lid, so it suits our extremely busy everyday lives. • Healthy: with the strong proven link between food and health, home-cooking using organic ingredients is a good way to protect our health. • Ecological: glass is the most sustainable packaging material, being endlessly recyclable. • Economic: Le Parfait has a long life cycle and therefore saves both energy and money.

le parfait jars

tonic by reinhard dienes

http://static.dezeen.com/uploads/2010/01/dzn_Tonic-by-Reinhard-Dienes-6.jpg this is 'tonic', by reinhard dienes, a piece of furniture that can be either a standup bookcase or a low storage unit, by flipping the oak shell and moving the feet.

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i thought the legs were maybe black rubber, but seeing the closeup shot (below) it looks like they are darker stained wood. i really like the contrast.

about the design, dienes says:

This transformation allows Tonic to adapt itself to changing living situations and desires.

im not sure how often the user might do this in reality, but it's still a nice idea.

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