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Crate & Barrel to release limited-edition artists' teapots

The simple, white porcelain teapot gets interpreted in some fresh ways in Crate & Barrel's new line by 12 international artists. The limited edition collection premieres Dec. 1 in honor of Crate & Barrel's 50th anniversary, with a different design showcased every month thereafter. Each of the Bauhaus-inspired teapots will be signed, numbered and limited in quantity to 200, available online.

Helsinki, Finland-based artist Janine Rewell launches the series with “Sea Journey,” shown at top left, a design inspired by her love of Slavic folk art and Scandinavian design.

Subsequent contributors to the 50th&Forever line include:

  • Brooklyn artist Lourdes Sanchez (January)
  • Portland, Ore., artist Yellena James (February)
  • Husband-and-wife design team Jeff Barfoot and Shay Ometz of Dallas-based Bee Things (March)
  • London-based designer Nomoco (April)
  • German graphic designer Sabine Reinhart (May)
  • Minneapolis illustrator Elvis Swift (June)
  • New York artist and illustrator Andrew Bannecker (July)
  • German-born illustrator Olaf Hajek (August)
  • Italian architect and designer Paola Navone (September)
  • London artist Jenny Bowers (October)
  • Brooklyn-based illustrator Julia Rothman (November)

The teapots are $200 a piece; shipping is $4.95. Crate & Barrel said sales will be limited to one per customer per each month's design.

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