It would be presumptious to say that the city of Heliopoli left behind a legacy. It is still not known if there were any inhabitants to carry on its memory, and its builders, if any survive, are silent. Surely, though, it is clear that the aesthetic of the city reflected an aesthetic of the times during which it was built and, perhaps, that aesthetic can be reflected back today. Objects can be found in the present that, whimsically, can remind one of Heliopoli.
The Sorapot, designed by Joey Roth, is one such object. It is a teapot in which the tea leaves are free to steep in a glass tube, floating above one’s tabletop. Once a student of creative writing, Roth, according to his website, “strives to make each product an immersive world.”
“I’ve always been entranced by small, beautiful things that are so detailed, they seem like miniature worlds, yet so ordinary they’re often left unnoticed,” Roth said.
The Sorapot is an economy of design married with function. Though not an exact aesthetic match, one can see in the Sorapot geometries reminiscent of Heliopoli, namely the Tube, the Orb, the Sweeping Curve, Glass, Transparency, and the Arch. If a revolution of design can be found in a teapot while retaining a sense of nostalgia, it abides in the Sorapot. What Roth seems to have achieved most with his design, however, is an evocative spirit that sparks the imagination — in other words, exactly what he set out to do.
“You might even see a tea-colored shadow cast by sunlight that passes through the tube and comes to rest in a gossamer puddle on your table,” Roth said.
The chief archivist and the excavators see worlds pouring from the Sorapot.