Crate and Barrel's 50th Anniversary Artist-Designed TeapotsNicole Balch
Crate and Barrel is about to celebrate its 50th year and to celebrate, they have commissioned designs from 12 artists to grace their iconic Bauhaus-inspired Arzburg teapot.
Each month, beginning in December, the teapot will sport new design by one of the following artists: Jeanine Rewell, Lourdes Sanchez, Yellena James, Bee Things, Nomoco, Sabine Reinhart, Elvis Swift, Andrew Bannecker, Meyoko, Paola Navone, Jenny Bowers, and Julia Rothman. Each print will only be released in a limited edition run of 200, and will cost $200. View the full collection below.
December Teapot by Janine Rewell 1 of 12The first design to be released is this one in December, by Janine Rewell of Helsinki, drawing from her imagined childhood stories about the life of a seal family.
Available December, 2012, from Crate and Barrel.
January Teapot by Lourdes Sanchez 2 of 12Lourdes Sanchez, Brooklyn-based artist, is up next with her bold black and white design, inspired by Mbuti bark cloth paintings.
Available in January 2013 from Crate and Barrel.
February Teapot by Yellena James 3 of 12Yellena James, from Oregon, was inspired by microscopic organic forms, and wrapped them around the teapot for her* design.
Available in February 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
March Teapot by BeeThings 4 of 12The Dallas-based husband and wife team of Jeff Barfoot and Shay Ometz couldn't pass up the opportunity to wrap their monolithic butterfly print on the classic curves.
Available in March 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
April Teapot by Nomoco 5 of 12Nomoco, of London, was inspired by "personal recollections of the Nabegataki waterfall in her homeland of Japan and the Serpentine River in London's Hyde Park."
Available in April 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
May Teapot by Sabine Reinhart 6 of 12German graphic designer Sabine Reinhart chose flowers for the sense of calm they impart.
Available in May 2013 from Crate and Barrel.
June Teapot by Elvis Swift 7 of 12American Elvis Swift chose a simple cat and dog doodle, so as not to distract from the form of the teapot.
Available in June 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
July Teapot by Andrew Bannecker 8 of 12D.C. artist Andrew Bannecker says of his character, Mr. Fox, that he is "dignified, so he might want to join you for a spot of tea." Cute.
Available in July 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
August Teapot by Olaf Hajek 9 of 12Olaf, who lives in Berlin, London, and New York, created his own flowers for this composition.
Available in August 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
September Teapot by Paola Navone 10 of 12Paola Navone, resident of Milan, Paris, and a Greek Island, chose this design because the fish resonates with her personally.
Available in September 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
October Teapot Jenny Bowers 11 of 12Blue and white feels traditional and familiar, but London-based Jenny Bowers has put her take on the combo.
Available in October 2013, from Crate and Barrel.
November Teapot by Julia Rothman 12 of 12Brooklyn-based Julia Rothman wove Bauhaus design, German architecture, and her own personal style to create this lovely design.
Available in November 2012, from Crate and Barrel.