Nomu by Lee West for Eno


Paris designer Lee West has designed an extra-tall teapot that has no handle but instead has a removable cork sleeve to stop you burning your hands.

The pot, and the accompanying ceramic cups, are called Nomu, meaning "to drink" in Japanese.

The set was launched by French brand Eno at Maison & Objet in Paris earlier this year.

Here's a little more information from West:

Nomu (to drink in Japanese)

NOMU a Cork and ceramic tea pot with ceramic cups produced by eno

Nomu is the fruit of a materials orientated project where turned corked has been used to create a heatproof sleeve for the teapot. The user can serve tea free from heat issues and appreciate the tactile qualities of the material.

The homage to Japanese craft mixed with a compact design result in a functional object that recreates an everyday tea ceremony.

The lid has a lock in system and will not fall out whilst pouring and the cork cover can easily be removed for cleaning. Nomu has a 75cl Tea capacity equal to 3 mugs or 4 cups of Tea.

Posted on Wednesday March 10th 2010 at 9:09 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • tomfisk anyone?

  • Barb

    I like the mixtue of cork and ceramic. sweet!

  • christina

    Way nicer than Tonfisk, but same idea!

  • panda

    cool stuff

  • batman

    very nice and poetic product!

    @ chirs

    u r making it too easy for yourself

    inspiration similar , execution not the same

    give some credit man

  • joe

    i just dont see how i would enjoy using it, pour with two hands?

  • fergus

    agree with chris.

    tonfisk design is about 8 years old now!

  • modular

    I dig it, yet…. it’s kind stupid too. Instead of cork he could have used ceramics and that base could be used as a cup. But hey! Cork is fashion these days.

  • soon in Mundano!
    really nice, belive.

  • gab xiao


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  • MrCoolTeapot

    Why Mr West or Tonfisk chose not to use bamboo is beyond me.

    Cork is in short supply, is it not?

    “that recreates an everyday tea ceremony”…the tea ceremony crowd might have a problem with this statement.

    The shape of the cups are very nice, however. Understated.

  • Romain

    European law now states that cork shouldn’t be used for bottling purposes.
    I for one salute the fact that design can support the use of a wonderful material.

    Why not provide us some form of storyboard visuals so we can see how people handle the object?
    Ever try to handle a heavy bottle of water across a table ? The shifting weight… the slippery surface… and ceramics are certainly heavier than plain ol’ PET.

    Perhaps providing a “stop” just at the limit of the cork so that the user’s hands wouldn’t slip onto the hot surface would have been more comfortable. You’ve certainly tested the prototype so I guess our opinion as virtual critics is only relevant when deciding the form rather than the function.

    beautiful nonetheless. I enjoy the contrast of materials and sheen.

    • Tiago Cartageno

      I would like to see where you have found information saying that European laws are stating cork shouldn’t be used for bottling…. I don’t think that’s true. Are you saying they are stating that wine shouldn’t be bottled with cork stoppers for example? That’s nonsense.

  • Adaro

    Romain +1

    Well put Romain, well put!

  • Inês

    I have seen this design before by a portuguese designer with plates as well in a shop in Lisbon. As for the use of cork for Romain, what EU decided was that cork could not be used in bottles which Portugal has criticized contrary to many believes it's our cork industry that has suffered and probably some plastic industry in another european country ha sprofited from it. Cork is cut from a tree , and it is only the ouside part that from "sobreiro".The tree gives this maybe 12 times during its existence. It's like the cover of the trunk that is explored while the tree lives around 250 maybe 300 years.