Whistle While You Work

By Karen Cronin | Wednesday, July 1, 2015 | 2 Comments

I tend to get so focused on my work that I forget about everything else. For the most part, that’s a good thing. I do my best work when I’m totally tuned in and the rest of the world is tuned out.

I drink a couple of big cups of tea every morning (I take mine with milk, like the Brits, thank you). It gives me a good jolt and helps keep me focused. But it also presents a problem. With the kitchen down the hall and around the corner, I had a tendency to forget about having put the kettle on to boil. It led directly to the death of a couple a nice tea kettles and the possibility of actually burning the place down!

The solution was clear. I needed to secure a tea kettle with a loud, built-in whistle ASAP. Initially, I picked up one of those cool kettles that Michael Graves designed in the ’80s. You know, the one with the cute little red bird that whistled. Eventually however, that little bird got lost (or flew away). Time to brew a new solution.

I finally located the ultimate kettle. It’s made by Chantal, and to my delight it has a permanently attached whistle that’s made by Hohner, the harmonica people. Absorbed in my work, my first indication that the water is beginning to boil is a single, monotone whistle. By the time I make my way to the kitchen, things are at full boil and the whistle is blowing a glorious three-note major chord (just like a harmonica!).

The best part? This Chantal kettle is beautiful. Its simple and elegant design, with brushed aluminum body and gracefully curved handle, adds a touch of class to the ceramic stovetop. I love it when a traditionally mundane, everyday object performs so well while looking so good.

That doesn’t happen by accident. It’s the result of a good designer taking the time and care to create something that clearly works in every way – form, function, and an added touch of whimsy via that Hohner whistle. Some of you may already be familiar with that sound. I’m on the phone talking to you while running to the kitchen to turn off the stove, so I can get my morning jolt, and the Cronin Creative world headquarters doesn’t burn to the ground!

2 thoughts on “Whistle While You Work

  1. Suellen Stringer-Hye says:

    Nicely written post, cool kettle. I’m going to have to get one. And point well taken, good design is important!

  2. Rob says:

    I remember those kettles with the little red bird that sat in the end of the spout. Seems like everyone had one back then, in their little NYC kitchens.

    Thanks for the memory, Karen!

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