Philippe Starck - Alessi - kettle - Hot Bertaa

Philippe Starck - Alessi - kettle - Hot Bertaa
Italy - 1980-1989 - Aluminium, Plastic

Alessi's 'Hot Bertaa' water boiler, a design by Philippe Starck from 1987.

Taken out of production in 1997.
The kettle is part of the collections of various design museums, such as the MoMA New York.

Perhaps the most special kettle design ever made. On the one hand cherished for its design, but hated by some for its application. It is also the favourite design fiasco of Alessi's CEO, Alberto Alessi. The complex mechanism that was required to redirect the electric current took 5 years to materialise. Eventually it turned out to be unreliable, prompting Alessi to remove it from the market in 1997. Alberto Alessi had this to say: 'You shouldn't need a manual in order to operate a water boiler.'

By now a much-loved collector's object. The design is also very special. The cone-shaped shaft pierces the kettle's body and acts both as handle and spout.

In good condition considering its age and usage history, the usual minor signs of wear (fine scratches, abrasion, the foot with visible signs of wear). Has not been tested. Everything is clearly photographed. Please see all photos to get a complete impression.

Width: 31.7 cm
Height: 25.4 cm
Diameter: 16.8 cm.

Weight: 2.2 kg.

Manufacturer: Alessi, Omegna-Crusinallo, Italy.

Worldwide for an attractive rate.

By appointment in the Netherlands, either in Houten (two days a week) or The Hague (for the remaining days).

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Lot details
Aluminium, Plastic
Designer/ Artist
Philippe Starck
Manufacturer/ Brand
Model/ Name
Hot Bertaa
Estimated Period
Country of Origin
Good condition - used with small signs of aging & blemishes
24.4×31.7×16.8 cm
2.2 kg
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