Key facts

Product:
float tea lantern
Family:
float glassware
Manufacturer:
molo >
Designer:
Stephanie Forsythe >, Todd MacAllen >
Architonic ID:
1069030
Country:
Canada
Launched:
2004
Manufacturer groups :
Dining-table accessori...-Decanters/Carafes >
Groups:
Dining-table accessori...-Decanters/Carafes >

Product description

float tea lantern is made with a double glass wall, which encloses a vacuum to provide thermal insulation for hot or cold beverages. The insulated wall allows for the simple form of a cylinder without a handle—simply hold and pour the way you would a wine bottle. The tealight candle burning below the lantern keeps tea hot and emits warm, ambient light as it passes through the tones of the suspended tea.

Stephanie Forsythe + Todd MacAllen designed the original float tea lantern in 2001, as part of a study to create simple and beautiful objects made from a sole material. Inspiration for the tea lantern came from the idea that a small everyday object could define an intimate place of gathering or contemplation through qualities of light, warmth, aroma and taste.

Product family

Concept

float is a line of thermally resistant glassware with simple forms and clean lines that emphasize the expressive colours and charms of the tea, spirits and other liquids within.

The glassware is handcrafted by master glassblowers in the Czech Republic from the finest borosilicate glass, an extremely pure and chemically inert material that is resistant to thermal shock. This allows float to be used safely with boiling hot or icy cold liquids.

The suspended bowl creates a lens of liquid colour, projecting hues of light onto the table below, and insulates your hands from your beverage. When used for a chilled drink, beads of condensation will gather on the underbelly of the bowl, adding delicacy to the optical effect rather than making rings on the tabletop.

float tea lantern, the collection’s signature piece, is a tea pot named for the quality of light transmitted through the tea by the warming candle. The lantern is made with a double glass wall, enclosing a vacuum, to provide thermal insulation. The insulated wall allows for the simple form of a cylinder without a handle—simply hold and pour the way you would a wine bottle.