Artist’s Tea Kettle Designed To Be Obsolete

Artist’s Tea Kettle Designed To Be Obsolete
Design

Artist explores the death of the 100W light bulb in France through a tea kettle that heats water through wasted energy.

Michael Brooks
  • 2 september 2010

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As an homage to the 100W incandescent bulb, which has been recently phased out  in France due to its environmental impact, artist Estelle Sauvage, a graduate of the Higher School of Art and Design of Saint-Etienne (ESADSE), has created a transparent tea kettle that utilizes the bulbs as its main heat source. The nature of the kettle’s design points to instant obsolescence, providing a playful commentary on our culture of consumerism, where objects quickly go out of vogue because of advances in technology. So as not to produce something wholly useless, Sauvage ensures that the kettle works well enough, bringing the water to a pleasant pre-boiling temperature.

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