Philippe Starck designed the original Hot Bertaa Kettle for Alessi in 1989: the company's CEO, Alberto Alessi, considers it his favorite design fiasco. Alessi pulled the kettle from the market in 1997 because of its complex valve system--turning those still available into collectors items overnight. But this year, Alessi had Starck reinterpret his design in miniature. The result is the Miniature Hot Bertaa Kettle. This kettle is a 1:3 scale model of the original and is part of a line of iconic designs from the past 60 years that Alessi has re-released, including work from Carlo Alessi, Michael Graves and Frank Gehry. The Miniature Hot Bertaa Kettle is made from chrome-plated zamak and has a thermoplastic resin handle--the same materials used in Starck's original design. It's only 4.25 inches wide and 3.25 inches high. The kettle is available for $30, allowing anyone to have an authentic piece of modern design in their kitchen without worrying about space considerations. I wouldn't recommend relying on the Miniature Hot Bertaa Kettle for water, though. The size combined with its complex valve system makes this kettle more of a display piece than a useful piece of kitchenware.