With 237 entries from a vast array of countries (40% from outside the United State) the jury picked out the kettles that used "design to solve problems, move our souls, and improve our daily lives." Here are the other two winners.
Spin: "This design for a steel teakettle proposes a new, highly functional, safer way to pour liquid that causes less strain. Based on the idea of keeping a stable center of gravity (thus the sphere), the user pours, not by tipping the kettle, but by sliding a switch to activate a mechanism that tips the spout forward to pour, creating a delightful motion. As a result, neither arm nor wrist is used to pour, minimizing effort while improving balance, control and precision."
Tea Go: "It’s a fast-paced, cluttered world, and yet kettles and microwaves have not adjusted well to the demand for a single cup of tea as a specialty. Based on observations into all the ways people adapt containers to heat tea water and transport tea, this design provides an electric base that allows the user to set the correct water temperature; a container that is a no-spill, easy to clean travel cup; and a lip that facilitates the steeping and removal of tea bags."
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