Ah the old familiar iconic form of a teapot. Here is my handle (one side); here is my spout (opposite side).
Let us consider some variations.
There’s Donald Norman’s ironic take on the teapot from the cover of his book, The Design of Everyday Things – the unusable teapot. Imagine pouring boiling liquid with it.. Right.
I found this in a market in Chinatown. The handle and spout are side by side. My first reaction was one of shock – “wow, that looks really awkward”.
But when picking it up and tipping it. It’s actually much more natural than using a traditional teapot such as the one our figure model is demonstrating. First, one doesn’t have to either reach across the table or hunch one’s elbow at one’s side when pouring. This design locates the action right in front of the pourer. Also, the pouring motion can be done by flexing the elbow – there is no shoulder motion necessary as there is when pouring with a traditional teapot.
Familiar – no.
Functional – yes.