Technology had to wait to catch up with Ettore Sottsass' inspiration before Bodum could release it.

Bodum are to release a kettle that Ettore Sottsass designed when he formed the Memphis group in the 1980s. The ‘rule-breaking’ Memphis was launched with a collection of furniture, ceramics, lighting, glass and textiles which featured fluorescent colors, intentionally lop-sided shapes and squiggly laminate patterns. Due to technological improvements, it is only now that one of the pieces designed then can be created.

In this video from Core77, Jørgen Bodum explains that the metals and plastics in the original Ettore Kettle couldn’t expand at similar speeds and so they had to wait until materials improved. Now the plastic kettle sports a proud stainless steel spout.

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