It's the sublime Sorapot teapot by Joey Roth, an industrial designer who just received his degree in 2006. Already he is creating pieces like this which not only look fabulous but have amazing practical elements that make them better products. In this case the stainless steel arch acts as a large heatsink that quickly dissipates the water’s heat as the tea steeps, preventing the bitterness that comes from oversteeping in too-hot water. The tea is poured at a comfortably warm drinking temperature after a few minutes of steeping. That's the beauty of industrial design.