A year ago, I wrote about my love for hot water bottles, started as a child, but reinforced by living in a damp house without central heat in Wales. So I was delighted to see that the Chris Hacker, the chief designer at Johnson & Johnson loved water bottles.

In what is a regular feature in the Thursday Home & Garden section of the New York Times, Hacker talks about some of the water bottles he’s found.

From Switzerland, fun and colourful.hot water bottle1

From Japan, not something you’d snuggle up with.hot water bottle2

From Germany, lovely and coppery, but not too cuddly.hot water bottle3

From The Netherlands, a little too anatomical, and it’s velour.hot water bottle4


From Scotland, where they really need these things at this time of the year… and even in July, this one ticks all of the boxes.hot water bottle5

A felted jacquard lambs-wool cover for your old-fashioned hot water bottle. Almost perfection. Perfection would be a cashmere cover!


Meg Fielding

Meg Fielding writes the local interior design and lifestyle blog Pigtown Design and is the past president of the Baltimore Architectural Foundation. She enjoys dual citizenship with the US and the UK.