Teema 10oz Mug by Kaj Franck

Maxwell’s Daily Find 05.19.11

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Teema 10oz Mug by Kaj Franck

• $17

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.

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.