Urchin (Table Cruet/Condiment Set) by Clive and Tina Bullivant
2011 - 2012, Silver A' Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Award Winner
Study and investigation of natural forms
This design bridges a gap between fine dining and casual situations. It is inspired by natural forms in particular by Urchins and Corals. The polymer body shells allow strong colours to be employed and resist the corrosive effects of the contents. The size is practical for domestic use whilst being ergonomically functional to hold and the assembly allows for easy batch production. It brings colour and a talking point to dinner parties where it becomes a 'table sculpture' as well as functional object. The materials and appearance make it suitable for an informal gathering of friends.
Design Challenges
Well respected technologies were deliberately chosen to ensure that the product could be put into production. The main challenges were firstly visual in achieving a balance between the contemporary and sophisticated which was achieved through good feedback with the focus group. Secondly the ergonomic challenge which affected the selection of materials, size and position and number of spines. Thirdly the assembly of the components which 'plug' together ensuring a secure and stable outcome.
Production Technology
The product comprizes injection moulded polyamide shells with 18/10 stainless steel spines with an option for injection moulded polymer spines which are chromed. The shells are overmoulded with a soft touch silicon finish and are pierced to allow the spines to be a snap fit. Spun stainless steel liner to mustard pot. Ball terminals and mustard spoon gilded 22 carat gold.
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