LOVE ME, LOVE ME NOT
A STUDY ABOUT EMOTIONALLY DURABLE DESIGN
FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE
WHAT: Two electrical kettles designed with a focus on emotionally durable design and ecological sustainability.
WHY: To explore and exemplify how emotionally durable design can be used as a strategic design tool to prolong product lifetime, and thus slower the consumption rate for environmental reasons. As a result, the kettle is taken into the fine room and changes the perception of it as limited to functionality and a sense of interchangeability.
MENTOR: Ann-Sofie Hartzén
ASSIGNMENT: Bachelor thesis
DESIGNER: Paulina Andersson
The solution is two electrical kettles, where function and beauty are interacting in a balanced way. Form, material and colour offer sensory values in the form of aesthetics, tactility and scent. Materials, surface treatment and well thought out function offer a long product lifetime and a feeling of quality and ease of use. The basic cylindrical form has a timeless feel of simplicity and functionality, whereas handle and spout add character. The kettles provide water and energy savings, they consist of long lived and recyclable materials, have a possibility of reuse and have an environmentally friendly production.
RESEARCH & INTERVIEWS
Through theory studies and interviews information was collected about user needs, emotional factors adding value to products and target group, and which environmental benefits the solution should offer. During the interviews I took a deep dive into the relationships between users and their favourite products to identify valuable emotional factors. All this knowledge is put into the solution.
The wooden handle gives a warm and tactile feeling and a unique expression which will develop an interesting character through time and use.
The kettle walls are vacuum insulated, a technique often seen in thermoses, and the surface is therefore kept cool whilst the water is kept hot. An energy saving alternative to electric warm keeping, which also makes it perfect for the set table.
The water level indicator, showing both cups and decilitres, makes it easy to heat up just the amount of water needed, which can lead to water and energy savings.
Two temperature choices, 80 and 100 degrees Celsius, makes it easy to obtain the optimal water temperature for both green and black tea. A LED light indicates the selected temperature. The possibility of selecting a lower temperature can lead to energy savings.
The handle offers a variety of grips, and the spout provides a well-balanced water flow which minimizes the risk of spillage.
When the kettle’s technical life has come to an end it can get renewed life as a teapot, which is possible as all visible electronics are placed in the base station.