The evolution of the water kettle has seen it grow from the unassuming thermos flasks to the present day electric versions. While flasks are more portable, they don’t keep the contents warm for a long period and conversely, electric kettles consume more power, can’t be used on the go but do the job more effectively. To bridge this gap, designer Guillian Graves has designed an electric water kettle that is energy efficient and can be taken around the block.


Inspired by the Nautilus Shells, Nautile is a 3D-printed electric water kettle that promises to keep coffee addicts happy – us included! The intention was to create a beautiful, decorative appliance that can be flaunted and at the same time leave a smaller eco-footprint.


What intrigues us the most is the inner construction of the kettle. Split it open at the seams and what comes forth are concentric spheres that look absolutely captivating. Unless Graves plans to switch from the current kitsch design to something more transparent, the innards will remain a mystery for anyone buying the kettle. Although the kettle is quite a handful, it doesn’t hold a large volume of water, because the various compartments (or spheres-within-spheres). They help slow down the rate at which its temperature drops to room level, but you have less to drink. Fair trade?


The whimsical styling of this slightly bizarre kettle would hardly have us slicing it, just to admire the compelling abstract geometry. So, let’s look into its details. Apparently, Graves worked with various laboratories to test possible materials before short-listing ones for the present version. Other influences of nature on the kettle include the pouring spout, which is inspired by toucans, and the plump shape, which is inspired by polar bears. What a combo.


In the midst of all of this, Graves is an industrial designer who knows how to forge a link between industry and science. Although details on the commercialization of the project are sketchy, we do hope that it makes it to the shelf soon.