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No unnecessary bells or whistles (let alone a power cord) are needed for this elegantly simple tea timer-and-steeper to do its job. Just pour, screw, tip and wait.

A pair of identical glass vessels twist together mechanically via a plastic joiner piece to form the sealed middle between two hourglass-shaping bulbs, each sized for a single two-person serving of tea.

Three settings in the middle allow the user to select a duration for the steeping process, depending on tea types and personal preferences.

Once flipped, the top glass drains into the bottom and the loose leaves linger above – beautifully elemental and visually useful. Designed by Pengtao Yu.