International Design Award Bronze Winner | Home Interior Products - Kitchen Appliances

International Design Award Bronze Winner | Home Interior Products - Kitchen Appliances


Design Research


Competitive Products

Competitive Products

User Observation & Task Analysis

Methods: AEIOU & Experience Mapping

User Experience Task Analysis

Problem Statement

Ideation Process



The unique user experience of ECO is inspired by the famous "coffeepot for masochists". As Don Norman quotes, this coffeepot is a “delightful example of everyday things that is deliberately unworkable, outrageous, or otherwise ill-formed". While concentrating on sustainable solution for current global water wasting problem of overfilled kettles, ECO provides a new affordance by visualizing the heat of the water. 

Prototyping Process

Prototyping Process

Appearance Model


ECO prevents overfilling the water and increases safety of touch.

Also, user experiences the new way of making tea with ECO. Initially, when the kettle is cold, the spout is facing the handle, which means it is impossible to pour water out of it but the lid can be opened, and the kettle can be filled. ECO’s central pillar depicts enough water for the number of the cups user needs. After filling the kettle and placing on the stove, while getting heat, ECO turns to normal kettle! ECO looks like a normal kettle when it is hot. 




The kettle’s dialectical reaction to the temperature fluctuation requires a mechanism that has the same characteristics. Two-way shape memory alloys would be a viable solution to create such dynamic mechanism.

Nickel titanium (Nitinol) spring encapsulates two-way memory effect. This metal can remember two different shapes, one at low and one at high-temperature. Therefore, the core metal spring periodically expands and contracts in cold and hot and rotates the lid back and forth.


User Experience