THE WAY THINGS are going, stores will soon have entire departments devoted to teakettles.
They seem to have become every designer's favorite household item. What was once nothing more than a homely little pot that sat innocently on every kitchen stove has suddenly been transformed into a major fashion statement, and now each passing season has a new teakettle. It's sort of the hemline for the kitchen.
Last season's foremost teakettle was probably the one designed by architect Michael Graves. Surely you've seen it? It was a pretty little pot with a bird sitting on the spout. But this year's model is a different kettle of tea.
It looks a lot different. For one thing, it's bigger; it holds 2 1/2 quarts. The design is more straightforward; it's a sort of swashbuckling shape that juts boldly forward. But that is just the beginning; this kettle is not content to just sit there and boil water. This one actually performs under pressure: It whistles while it works. While the water boils, it warbles a merry version of "Tea for Two."