amir alizade: tèmpo amir alizade: tèmpo
jan 18, 2011

amir alizade: tèmpo

‘tèmpo’ is a ceramic cup in two parts

‘tèmpo’ by milan-based designer amir alizade, is a ceramic cup made in two parts. a bottom component contains a mechanical timer that reminds you when your infused beverage, such as tea, is ready. the timer can be set from one to seven minutes depending on the time that is needed to prepare the drink. the vessel of the cup sits on top of the timer.

‘tèmpo’ was first shortlisted in the designboom competition, ‘the intelligent hand’ and will be exhibited next as part of the designboom stockholm mart from february 8th – 12th, 2011.

the cup and timer together

the cup sits on top of the timer

one lines up the dot on the cup with one of the dots on the base to set the timer

setting the timer

once set, pour hot water and wait for your beverage to be infused…

almost ready…

your beverage is ready when the two dots line up at the end

renderings of the original design concept

renderings of the original design concept

renderings of the original design concept

bring a design souvenir back from stockholm! for the 3rd time in stockholm – designboom will host a group exhibition of 30 international design professionals from around the world as part of the cultural program of the stockholm furniture fair. there are still a few spots left in our upcoming designboom mart stockholm 2011. would you also like to join us?

save your spot now! the beautiful scandinavian city of stockholm, the capital of sweden, has a lot to offer both culturally and design-wise – this is an opportunity you should not miss.

how to participate if you are interested in participating at this mart, please email us a few images of the objects that you would like to bring.

criteria you should keep in mind that the mart is a sales exhibition, therefore you are invited to sell a small amount of (self) produced items priced from: 100 SEK – 1000 SEK (swedish kronor) objects should be lightweight and easy to carry.

send us your work please send your submissions to: [email protected] subject line: ‘designboom mart stockholm‘. emails should not exceed 3 MB

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more stockholm mart 2008 | stockholm mart 2010 | designboom mart compilation 2005 – 2010

after tokyo, new york, sydney, seoul, melbourne, saint-etienne, valencia, copenhagen, … this unique formula now sees its 22nd edition, since our very first mart in new york in 2005.

a compilation of images from our previous marts

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  • Brilliant!!

    Guybrush says:
  • hi, I am not able to follow this…does this product heat or boil the water? Is it just that the tea bag is to be immersed in the water for a certain time for a certain strength of tea? If that is the case, do we need something like this?

    priya says:
  • The handle is problematic for a good grip and the base raises the center of gravity too far up

    YWG says:

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