Tradition of teatime

Naoto Fukasawa's "Cha" doubles up as both a kettle and a teapot. This new design is part of the Alessi Spring-Summer 2014 collection.

With the Cha project, Naoto Fukasawa has transformed the ancient traditional Japanese teapot into a sophisticated modern object with multiple uses, which can be brought from the kitchen hob directly to the table for serving.

"Cha" – from the Japanese word for tea – is a large kettle and teapot in stainless steel with a shiny polished finish, and features a magnetic steel bottom for use on all heat sources, including induction hobs. Cha is equipped with a removable infusion filter and an additional internal filter positioned at the height of the pouring spout making sure you don't get any leaves in your cup. 

The curved handle is made of black thermoplastic resin and allows you to grip the large kettle and teapot while keeping your hand away from the heat source. In the upright position, Cha is easy to grip when pouring.

With its seemingly simple shape, Cha is the product of an in-depth study of all the details that make up the ancient ritual of serving tea.

Watch the Talk with Naoto Fukasawa