The Axis Kettle was developed through the EcoRedesign project funded by the Federal Government and based at RMIT in the 1980s and 1990s. The project involved the expertise of significant Victorian designers such as Paul Taylor, Gerry Mussett, Liam Fennessy and Michael Grima, as well as prominent sustainability experts such as academics John Gertsakis, Chris Ryan and Alan Pears. Axis changed the way kettles were used, guiding users to save resources through their behaviour. It is regarded globally by academics from prominent design institutions such as Loughborough and Delft as one of the first successful eco-design projects. The drawing is part of the Centre for Design collection, RMIT University.
Simon Lockrey, 2017
The drawing is historically significant as an early eco-design project.
Design drawing of KambrookKettle by Paul Taylor for Form Australia as part of the Centre for Design at RMIT University, featuring electric kettle drawn in black pen + ink with blue ink where kettle lid is. Written design descriptions appear along side the image and title below.
Inscriptions & markings
LID / SANHOPRENE / GRIP / RECYCLED SKIN / ELECTRIC KETTLE. c 12TH FEB. '93