This is an simple teapot. Well, what exactly teapot can do besides this design? There is not so much change in design as you can imagine. According to the wikipedia, earliest design of teapot that we can find in human history is made in 1513. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teapot) And do you know what early models look like in China? They exactly look the same. There are only minor changes in design, but the principle that it can contain, and pour tea has not changed. There are not many differences in functions it can do in today’s design too. Unlike electronic kettle, this doesn’t even electricity, and it doesn’t require anything at all beside this.
I chose this teapot as the well-made design that also fulfills Enargeia but not Eudamonia. As we can see in Norman’s reading – “Carelman’s Coffeepot for Maso-chists” the the first figure that appears with this explanation: “Well-designed objects are easy to interpret and under-stand. They contain visible clues to their operation.” (Pg. 3) Does this teapot look like hard to use? There are no wires at all. You don’t have to sign up to start using it, and you don’t even need Wi-Fi to make it work. It will come in handy when you even lose the electricity. You just need to pour a good tea with hot water on the top, and pour it back to the cup gently from the side.
Then what does it do to fulfill “Enargeia”? Look at the design of the teapot. The top of the teapot is actually the face of a cat. There are also cats in the body part of the pot. It applies “Gives pleasure to the viewer” by just looking at it. In fact, it was this reason that made my wife to buy this teapot because she loves cats and this product does give pleasure to her by even just looking at it. When she first used this product, she said by just looking at this product, she could imagine drinking teas in a comfort zone with cute cats. Maybe it was because I didn’t allow any pets in the house might triggered that imagination more, but she still likes to use this teapot for that reason.
What about “Eudamonia”? I might see people enjoy looking at this or using this, and it is a everyday product that you simply use. Chinese teapots that was built in specific dynasty contains lots of its deep values and cultures by just looking at the design of the teapot. Each dynasty with difference in focus makes you wonder what it would look like to live in that city in that time. China itself is so large enough, and there is no doubt that they also come with special traditions and cultural aspects. On the other hand, this teapot doesn’t seem to contain history, or how people would be happy in spirit by just looking at this. Some can still argue that the design is cute and just makes others happy by looking at this, but I can’t connect this object to Eudamonia in my mind.