For the first time in years, I'm redoing our entire mug collection. I'm replacing all the old mis-matched mugs for my favorite design - the Teema 10oz. Right now there are a few new colors and most can be found for less than the classic white.
I first saw the Teema collection at OK in Los Angeles years ago and it was the mugs that caught my eye. I just wanted them immediately. There's something about mugs that can do that to you.
Teema is the name given to the Iittala collection designed in 1962 by Kaj Franck (1911-1989). Still in production, it is lush AND spare (if such a thing is possible) and based on familiar and basic shapes – a circle, a square and a rectangle. The mug comes in two sizes, 10oz and 13oz, but the 13 feels too large for daily use.