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New items join the popular teaware series UNITEA

From the popular teaware series UNITEA, KINTO is introducing the one touch teapot and the set of glass cup and stainless steel saucer in mid-September 2016 in Japan. Please check with your local contact for the availability of the products in your country.

UNITEA has been enjoyed by many people around the world and welcomes its 10th year anniversary. The transparent cups and jugs reveal the beauty of drinks inside and their gentle forms integrate harmoniously into any scene. The new items give a gentle yet smart impression with their sophisticated designs. The new faces of UNITEA are perfect additions for a relaxing teatime.

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DESIGNER'S COMMENT

UNITEA is a teaware series that has been enjoyed by many people around the world and welcomes its 10th year anniversary. The transparent cups and jugs reveal the beauty of drinks inside, and their gentle forms integrate harmoniously into any scene. We asked the designer Fumie Shibata about the beginnings of UNITEA her thoughts on the success of this series.

"I wanted to design teaware that can be used casually by anyone in any scene, having in mind how people wear denim jeans. While the glass is considered a delicate material, the design is meant for people to enjoy tea in a laid-back style rather than in a traditional, ceremonial manner. For the handle of the cups and jugs, I drew a dynamic arch so that it can be gripped firmly.

I believe UNITEA has appealed to many people because of its simplicity. It is simple, yet there is character and consistency within the series. For the new items, 'one touch tea pot' and stainless steel saucer, I worked to create a fresh look that is a bit more sophisticated while being in line with the existing series. I made the top surface of the pot's lid flat in contrast to the round teapot, and the line of the saucer sharp to give them a gentle yet smart impression.

In the last 10 years, the UNITEA series has gradually expanded and has adapted to the changes in time. What is interesting about product design is that it is anchored in how people live and use things. Particularly with tableware, the design becomes the function, which makes it challenging and exciting at the same time to design. It is great to know that UNITEA has been sold and used by people for many years. I hope to keep expanding the UNITEA family in the future."

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PRODUCT INFORMATION

UNITEA one touch teapot 460ml
φ78 x H100 x W140 mm / 460 ml
UNITEA one touch teapot 720ml
φ78 x H125 x W150 mm / 720 ml *includes silicone ring
UNITEA cup & saucer 230ml stainless steel
[cup] φ80 x H50 x W116 mm / 230 ml [saucer] W145 x D145 x H10 mm
UNITEA cup & saucer 350ml stainless steel
[cup] φ78 x H70 x W122 mm / 350 ml [saucer] W145 x D145 x H10 mm

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