Tea Towels

Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels

It’s been a little while since a tea towel has been featured, and for all we know you’re standing there with your hands wet from the sink and nowhere to turn. Not to fret, dry your hands on your shirt and then buy a tea towel or two for all sorts of kitchen mop-ups. Piano Nobile’s Starry and Cloud Swirl Tea Towels are just as good as some of the art on your walls (probably), and the designs are printed with non-toxic ink on a GOTS-certified linen tea towel with neon pink edging.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $30.00
Available from: Leif

Index Collection Tea Towels

If you’re interested in color theory, have I got the tea towels for you. Raw Color has created a series of tea towels that explore concepts from graphic design in woven form. From 10% to 100% intensity, each box of color appears to be printed on as a sort of large scale screen key (those little boxes on the sides of printed fabrics), yet each is expressed by altering the fabric weave. It’s the concept of print and traditional weaving combined. There’s also the Index Collection Blankets, which are even more impressive because of the larger scale; they’re available from Raw Color’s website for €375.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $40.00
Available from: Cooper Hewitt Shop

Pasquier Tea Towel Sets

Don’t be boring when it comes to your tea towels- have a little fun and pick some with a pop of color and/or pattern. These two sets have playful, strong designs that typify the work of Nathalie Du Pasquier, and either would make an excellent housewarming or host/hostess gift.
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Price: $45.00
Available from: Artware Editions

Arne Jacobsen Tea Towel Set

If you love the work of Arne Jacobsen, you might as well get his typography Tea Towel Set alongside your Jacobsen cups and perhaps the Jacobsen Milk & Sugar Set. Not to worry, I’m sure there are more items to come along- let’s just hope the powers that be don’t go crazy and plaster his 1937 typography over every possible thing (like they did with Pantone).

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Price: $26.00
Available from: MoMA Store

Task-Ka Tea Towels

Is it time for a new set of tea towels? Maybe one or two with spots and scribbles or sketched shapes in a delightfully abstract print? If the answer is yes, add these tea towels from Holland-based textile house Tas-Ka to your basket. And, if you don’t mind paying extra for international shipping, be sure to browse Tas-Ka’s webshop for other wares.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $16.00
Available from: Leif

The Food Guide Tea Towel

Update: Now available stateside! Hoorah!

Which foods are rich in vitamins and minerals? If you’re not sure, then perhaps this tea towel would be a good reference to have on hand in the kitchen. It might even encourage you to eat a little healthier (fingers crossed). There’s also a The Food Guide Poster if you’d rather see the info on the wall.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $15.00
Available from: Uncommon Goods

Math Dishtowel, Mug, Pencil Case

For your favorite mathematician (a.k.a. mathemagician), how about a dishtowel, pencil case, or mug? Or all three? Chalk white lines on a black backgroung evoke memories from past math classes, and no matter if you liked/loved/hated them, you (or someone you know) can still enjoy a little math imagery with appreciation.
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Purchase Information:

Price: $12.95 - 17.95
Available from: Fishs Eddy

Color Fest Tea Towel

Fond of geometrically inclined tea towels? Add this to your wish list pronto. Triangular lines with neutral shades and a touch of neon is just what a kitchen needs, or so says those of us partial to such things. Designed by Mae Engelgeer, who does the geometry-meets-textiles category quite well, judging by her other pieces (the Fest collection especially).
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Price: $25.00
Available from: LEIF

T and Dry Tea Towels

Need a few extra tea towels? Check out the typographic options over at UK site Keep Calm Gallery. There are quite a few with popular sayings and such, but these two stood out along with two other favorites (not pictured): It’s Nice to be Nice and Shadow Hands.

‘T’ Towel, £9.00
Dry Tea Towel, £9.00

Purchase Information:

Price: £9.00
Available from: Keep Calm Gallery

Proud to Lick and Kitchen is for Dancing Tea Towels

Nothing wrong with either sentiment, and, come to think of it, it’d be nice to have a kitchen motto. Which one would be yours? Both tea towels are printed in the UK on 100% Unbleached Eco Cotton.
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Purchase Information:

Price: £10.95
Available from: Howkapow

Measure Tea Towel

The Measure Tea Towel is a hand screen-printed tea towel designed by Dani Guralnick, featuring the most common measuring equivalents and conversions used in cooking. Of course, if you feel it’s too pretty to wipe up spilled wine with, it can also be hung up as art. Check out the previously posted Useful Towel for a different take on the useful-measurements-kitchen-towel.
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Price: $15.00
Available from: W+K Studio

Flour Sack Towels

More tea towels! Except this time you have your pick between black, orange, or grey sets of three, with each towel having a “terrific typographic timbre” to add to your kitchen. I made things complicated by selecting one towel from each set for the main image, but I’m sure you’ll be satisfied with just one set. Right? (Also, House Industries: well done on the copy for these towels. Entertaining.)

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Price: $30.00
Available from: House Industries

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Woop Dee Doo Tea Towel by Tom Polo

For those days when you just don’t give a (fill in the blank), this tea towel will echo your lackadaisical sentiments perfectly. Tom Polo is a visual artist whose recent work uses text and humor “to engage with a corrosive anxiety about the human condition.” See Third Drawer Down for more info.
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Price: $40.00
Available from: Third Drawer Down

2012 Buy Local Towel

It’s 2012. You’re in the kitchen, cooking up a storm, hands a mess, when suddenly you wonder what day your friend/loved one’s birthday falls on… what to do?! Ah, if only you had this tea towel, you could dry your hands and check out the calendar, all while having a strong feeling that you should go to your local farmers market at the next possible opportunity.

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Purchase Information:

Price: $20.00
Available from: terrain

Ribbon Tea-Kin

Have you heard of a ‘tea-kin’ or ‘teakin’? It’s sized between a napkin and tea towel, so you can use them for small spills in the kitchen or big mouths at the table. This ribbon design is especially eye-catching, as is the Antler (shown below) and both are also available in a cushion cover.

Shown above: Ribbon Tea-Kin, $36.00
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Purchase Information:

Price: $36.00
Available from: sang the bird

 
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