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Designer Kettle

The evocative aroma of an English Breakfast Tea brewed to perfection is an unmissable part of our morning routine. It gets us ready to start the day. And tea is the best companion when you decide to indulge in a slice of cake during your day. And tea can help you wind down and relax into bedtime, too. A designer kettle can make the whole process just a little more fun, efficient pleasurable. It will help you complete the look of your kitchen, too, as it sits all day on your stove, awaiting action.

We believe in crowning the perfect moments in life with particular objects ones that are both functional and unique and look darn good. If you want a kettle that can make something so simple as boiling water a special part of your daily routine, you are in the right place. We have, we think, chosen the best designer kettles around.

Tucked away in a vibrant corner of the East End of London, our Labour And Wait shop holds some of the most interesting – it terms of design classics - designer kettles on the market. We have chosen our collection carefully to bring to your only the most sought-after models, that will fit any taste and any kitchen design. Here are some examples of the ones you can find on our website.

Japanese Kettle

Our Japanese Enamel Kettle is a solid and sophisticated kitchen appliance that combines functionality and good looks. This kettle was the winner of the 1998 “Good Design” award, a prestigious competition in Japan that rewards the most exceptional, well-thought items of design each year.

Designed by the famous Japanese industrial designer Sori Yanagi - who designed, among other classics, the Butterfly Stool - this kettle lands on your kitchen counter directly from the Japanese Niigata region, an area renowned for the production of stainless-steel crafted objects. While pouring hot water over your tea leaves, you can feel the expertise of the craftsman of the (over 15) factories involved in your kettle’s production. Almost all of the parts that make up your kettle are handmade, too. The kettle’s bottom is 18cm in diameter, which allows the appliance to heat up quickly, saving you energy and time. And with a capacity of 2.5 litres this kettle is ideal for enjoying afternoon tea with friends. It is suitable for electric cookers and induction and gas stoves.

Storm Kettle

Used by the Irish crofters during the early 1900s, our Storm Kettle is among the most useful items you can include in your adventure kit. These kettles have an unusual and vintage charm. But they also boast all the functionality of modern kettles. Outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen still love using them, all these years later. The unique design of this kettle makes it perfect to heat water while outdoors or on your camping trip. Its design allows you to boil water quickly using natural materials (twigs or whatever combustible materials are at hand). With a capacity of 1.5 litres and at no more than 35cm tall, this kettle will make your outdoor adventures a little more exciting and a lot more aesthetically pleasing.