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Perfect form for a tea ceremony

By Gan Tian (China Daily)

08:07, January 15, 2013

Yang Mingjie uses bamboo and pewter elements in his custom designed tea set that includes a teapot (above) and brushes (below). (China Daily)

What he created is simple but chic, made of iconic Royal Selangor pewter and bamboo. It includes a teapot, teacups, tea can, brushes, saucers and a snack plate.

"I am a Chinese designer and have a very strong cultural identity, but, the point is, I didn't want to create a tea set with just local elements," Yang says.

At first, he used just pewter in the teapot design but when he actually used it he discovered the handle was scalding hot, as pewter conducts heat well.

This led to the idea of the bamboo handle and the addition of bamboo mats on the bottom of the cups, tea can, brushes and saucers.

"The bamboo mats prevent damage and gives the tea set a consistent image." Another example of Yang's "thinking of the user" experience is the vertical concave and convex patterns on the tea set.

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