Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Idea to Spout about; 'Friend-Making Kettle' Just One Design on Show

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

An Idea to Spout about; 'Friend-Making Kettle' Just One Design on Show

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Byline: Tony Henderson

DESIGN student Kyle Loughlin has seen his idea for friendlier offices come to the boil.

His double-spouted kettle and a set of cups feature in a show at Northumbria University by final-year design students.

Kyke, 22, worked in an office for a short time as part of his research.

He said: "I noticed that people used tea or coffee-making as a means of having a break from their day.

"They connected generally with the same people each day. In many offices there were people who had never spoken to workers on the other side of the room. People tend to stick to their own groups, or cliques."

So Kyle dreamed up the two-spouted kettle as a way of getting more people talking to each other.

The twin spout means that two cups of tea or coffee have to be made instead of one.

The liquid is pumped through the twin nozzles at the push of a button.

Each cup has its name written in thermochromatic ink, which doesn't become visible until it comes into contact with the hot tea or coffee and has clear instructions on the important milk and sugar needs.

Cups are then be taken to their owner and that would hopefully be an ice breaker to start a conversation. "Offices are quite boring places and I wanted to see how I could make them more interesting," said Kyle. The kettle project was designed as part of Kyle's Design for Industry degree course, run by the university's School of Design. The four-year full-time course is targeted at students aiming to become professional designers of mass-produced products.

Kyle will showcase his kettle model at New Designers 2010 at the Business Design Centre in London in July.

His work will also be on display, alongside that of his fellow graduating students, at Reveal 2010 - Northumbria University's end of year design degree show, which opened yesterday and runs to June 25, at the School of Design, City Campus East. …

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