The winning Tea-Off entry came from a Chicago-based boutique studio called Vessel Ideation, which specializes in brand identity and design. Their proposal, the One Teakettle, puts preparation and serving functions into a single heat-proof carafe with blue-on-white designs that reference traditional china but sport a few modern motifs, including old-school pixelated videogame figures. The heat-activated blue designs also serve as the indicator of readiness, appearing only when the kettle's contents are hot enough for serving.
Pretty ingenious. If they made one for coffee I'd use it every day.
When not working in design, Sarah Rich writes, talks and forecasts about food and consumer culture.