Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Stack em' and store em'

The museums where I grew up had amazing totem pole collections—many of the totems were multiple stories high.

Mr. Peacock loves these clever and functional Totem Cups designed by Toronto artisan Rob Southcott.

These Totem Cups aren't stacked as high, but are a lovely homage to the First Nation's custom of totem pole carving.

I like dishes that stack, because they effectively use what little space I have left in my kitchen cupboards. These Totem Cups would fit nicely into my cupboards!

Speaking of stacked, Mr. Southcott also designed this stacked "dresser" piece from reclaimed lumber. The different drawers and woods are a metaphor for the growing diversity in our contemporary society. You can see more of his work here.

Mr. Peacock has some Rosenthal/Thomas porcelain stacking tea cups and milk glasses (without the round handles on the left side). I ordered these years ago and can't remember the pattern name. I love how they are designed to neatly stack—just like the Totem Cups (and the Bird in the Bush cups).

This stacking teapot set (for one) is another clever and functional piece.

The teapot, cup & saucer, creamer and sugar bowl—all neatly stacked in a tower.

Mr. Peacock likes the mint color the best.

These Italian 5 in 1 stacked drinking glasses aren't really the same concept as the other stacked items, but I still like them. They were originally designed by designer Joe Columbo in 1970.

The concept is fun that they all fit neatly inside each other, but I don't think I would store them stacked within each other.

How do you store your tea/coffee cups and mugs—stacked, hanging, or single file in your cupboard?



LUV them! Definitely a space saver as well!


thombeau said...

That stacking tea set is fabulous!

Paul Pincus said...

i love the mint, too, mr. p!

you always find the best stuff...the totem cups are gorgeous.

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