Today, kettles continue to be used in households as a utensil to boil water for making tea or coffee. Against the backdrop of changing lifestyles, the Teawith Kettle has been conceived as an electric kettle introducing a new design vocabulary and functionality. The goal was to respond to scenarios in which people are longing for the beauty of taking life slowly while living in big, fast-paced cities. The design has been created to elegantly bridge this gap. This electric kettle fits the modern lifestyle, embodying the cultural essence of both tea making and traditional Far Eastern aesthetics, paired with Western-style design queues. This is expressed in an overall balanced and harmonious-looking design, a round body with a classical shape, as well as a distinctive, arched upright handle and a square base. Made of high-quality materials such as stainless steel for the body, aluminium for the handle and a zinc alloy for the base, the Teawith Kettle is both sturdy and durable. The ergonomic curve of the handle is specially designed for a more comfortable and effortless grip. The narrow spout has also been well thought-out. It offers high control of water flow, promoting an emotionalising experience when preparing tea. Interacting with the kettle is impressively simple, as it is activated by means of a switch integrated in the handle. The handle just needs to be held and pressed – a single flowing, unconscious movement.
Statement by the Jury
The clear design of the Teawith Kettle conveys a strong sense of peace and relaxation. This well-proportioned kettle actively encourages users to prepare a cup of tea and enjoy it while reading a book. Its matte black surface is pleasing to the touch and perfectly suited for long-term use. The shapely, pleasantly high-grip handle with integrated switch is functional and ergonomically sophisticated.
Teawith Essentials Association, Beijing, China
United Design Lab, Keren Hu
Li Yu, Beijing, China