Mallard Electric Kettle

Mallard is designed for personal use. The compact volume is capable of serving essential need of boiling water and occupying the least space. This project was conducted through a series of research on usability, proportion and aesthetics in order to achieve a compact yet elegant electric kettle.
Define Function List
I started this project from understanding the order of the function:
Main Function: Boiling Water, Sub-function: Refilling the water/ Be held in hand/ Pouring the water.

Problem Discovered
Through studying of scenarios, I identified a problem of spout while refilling. With a smaller sink, if the opening of the kettle is parallel to the ground, users tend to bend the wrist and use the short edge of the kettle in order to move it into the sink and then rotate it to catch the water.
An Upward Spout
I raised up the angle between the spout and the body so that the spout was not parallel to the ground while the kettle still kept its balance. With the aid of a sharper angle between the spout and the body, users can refill the kettle within only one movement without bending the wrist.

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