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Product Timeline - Kettle

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Dawn Beedell

on 10 March 2014

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Transcript of Product Timeline - Kettle

Product Timeline
design by Dóri Sirály for Prezi
Cool touch exterior
Products have evolved
over time.

iron was the metal of the 19th century. Most cooking pots and utensils were made from this material. Handles became hot and a folded cloth was used to lift the kettle, which was also very heavy.
The future ?
An improvement on the heavy iron kettles were copper kettles, they were lighter but they had to be cleaned frequently because they would become tarnished after every use.
advances in materials
advances in manufacturing
social changes
design influences
Stainless steel (invented 1912), lightweight, bright finish and durable. Easier to clean. Contemporary and popular.
By the 1940s and 1950s, gas ovens and electric ovens had taken over from the old kitchen ranges
Filled through the spout and sometimes incorporated a whistle
Anodised aluminium (can be coloured) is very lightweight.
Handles were made from wood or bakelite (an early plastic) as they were insulators.
Households cooked and kept warm by a cast iron kitchen range heated by coal or wood. This kettle would be hung directly over an open fire.

This kettle is more decorative as
copper is soft enough to be shaped and wood can be 'turned'.
By the end of 1930's electricity was in every home and many electric kettles were designed
This kettle by Russell Hobbs 1956 followed had a safety cut out switch when the water had boiled.
The K2 Kettle by Russell Hobbs can still be found in use today and is a 'DESIGN CLASSIC'
The first electric kettle with a built-in heating element was introduced in 1922 . They would often boil dry and sometimes resulted in electric shocks.
A more modern innovation in electric kettles involves the use of heat-resistant plastics. While plastics were used to make kettle handles for many years, the material became one of the most common in the manufacture of the body of electric kettles.
Polypropylene, for example, has a high melting point and resistance to chemicals, making it a suitable choice for kettle production.
The rise of consumerism
Advances in manufacturing processes enabled mass production of products (production lines, robots)
How products looked became important to people.
Lid opens by pressing a switch
Handle on the side - reduced scalds from steam - Jug Kettle
Clear plastic used so can see water level
The K2 'Design Classic' is now available in many designs and colourways
'Hot Berta' Kettle by Philippe Starck
Post Modernism
Two examples of how 'Design Styles/Movements' influence products today!
An example of a product that has considered
"form' over 'function'
The kettle does not work very well
Smart materials - colour changing kettle
360 rotational base
Integrated limescale filter
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