Category Archives: Our Destinations

August 28, 2014

Inspiring Artists

Tea Collection inspired by Gabriele Munter Gabriele Münter was a German painter who was one of the founding members of the artists’ group, Der Blaue Reiter (“The Blue Rider”). This organization of artists based in Germany, contributed greatly to the development of abstract art.

Münter was born to an upper middle class family in Berlin. From a very young age, Gabriele knew she wanted to become an artist. In 1898 at age 21, she decided to take a trip to America with her sister to visit family and explore other parts of the world. They traveled around America for over two years, spending the most time in Texas, Arkansas and Missouri. Her childhood and early adulthood greatly impacted her future artistic career.

She led a free and unrestricted life that was not limited by convention, allowing her to experience the world in a way most women were unable to at this time. She began talking classes at the Phalanx School in Munich, where she studied woodcut techniques, sculpture, painting and printmaking. It is here were she met Russian painter, Wassily Kandinsky, who happened to be the school’s director at the time. The two became very close both professionally and personally and ended up traveling widely together before settling again in Germany where they divided their time between Munich and the village of Murnau in the Bavarian Alps.

Our trip to the Die Brücke museum was a very inspiring one. We fell in love with the contrast color palette and knew it was going to be an important story to tell within our own collection.

Erich Heckel inspired Tea Collection

photo courtesy of paintingstar.com

Make our ‘Gabriele’s Garden’ print your very own by downloading a black and white version and creating you own color scheme! click here for the coloring page

August 26, 2014

Fall Sneak Peek

Tea Collection Fall 2014

The Bavarian and Black Forests of Germany are famous for fairytales, quaint villages and cuckoo clocks. For folksy Old World paintings and charming cottages.As the Expressionist art movement took shape in the early 20th century, many German artists went into the woods to draw, to paint, to find inspiration.

This season Tea celebrates the creative spirit. We’ve taken both modernist art themes like those of Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) as well as traditional Bavarian motifs and made them entirely Tea!

Here’s a peek at our fall collection…

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August 6, 2014

Traditional + Classic

Germany

Can you name a traditional German musical instrument? Did you guess the bagpipe, zither, krummhorn, hackbrett or konzertina concertina?

German music has a long tradition that is incredibly diverse. Volksmusic and oompah music are two traditional genres that have become synonymous with Germany. What better way to get into the spirit of Germany than with a playlist?

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August 4, 2014

German Goods

Made in Germany 1 eikon lamps // 2 ruhla mechanical clock // 3 glass tea pot // 4 slowmo tote 5 seil marschall hiking pack // 6  kerosene lanterns // 7 nivea creme // 8 dansk fjord flatware // 9 birkenstock
10 sandwichbikes

If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.

Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!

July 29, 2014

Destination: Germany

Tea Collection

Every thread of our new collection was inspired by the art, color and energy of Germany. We travel from the blue harbor of Hamburg to the bold and bright streets of Berlin, from the fairytale feel of the Bavarian forest to the steep slopes of the German alps. Sparkling snowflakes and gilded opulence, cozy fireplaces and Bauhaus color theory – we brought it all home in classic silhouettes, primary colors, vintage prints and modern style.

Keep an eye on our inspiration page throughout the season. With each new delivery, we’ll update this page to share the stories behind the designs!

July 11, 2014

A Back-To-School Tradition

Kindercone Long ago, German parents told their children they would know it was time to go to school when the fruit was ripe on the Schultütenbaum (school cone tree). The “fruit” was actually  bright paper cones called schultüte (“shool-too-teh”) that parents filled with sweet treats and hung on a metal tree at their child’s school.

More than 200 years later, this fun back-to-school tradition is still going strong. Today’s schultüte (or KinderCone) can be as big as 35 inches tall and contain practical school supplies as well as treats. In honor of this long-standing back-to-school tradition, local Tea retailers are hosting a KinderCone event you won’t want to miss.

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