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Norm Tea Kettle

Norm Tea Kettle

It's a funny thing: architects are often times as good or better at creating common household objects as they are at designing buildings. One example is the Norm Tea Kettle ($80). Designed by Norm Architects — what, did you think it was named after George Wendt's character from Cheers? — this clear glass kettle lets you see the brewing process in action, while the built-in stainless steel steeper with silicone string keeps making the tea as simple as drinking it.

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