Image: Angell Wyller Aarseth
Kitchens these days are filled with more and more gadgets, designed to save time, to make things easier, from chopping to frying to cleaning. It's a trend that Norwegian design studio Angell Wyller Aarseth is fighting against with their debut project, the Handle Me cookware collection, presented this week at the Meet My Project design exposition in Paris. Ditching buttons, lights and stainless steel, Christoffer Angell, Øyvind Wyller and Simen Aarseth have produced a line of kitchen tools that evokes durability and simplicity.Built of cast iron (which has advantages over non-stick) and wooden dowel handles, the Handle Me collection can't get much more basic, and that's exactly what the design team was going for:
Cast iron cookware is very durable, and as designers there was something intrinsically romantic about the idea of making "immortal" products. Today we put our faith into technological devices which are designed to serve single, increasingly narrow purposes at the expense of diverse utility. In a society overloaded with "fastfood" products we believe that basic iron cookware is more relevant than ever.
We would like to reconnect the user in the process of cooking instead of reducing him/her to a passive spectator who mindlessly pushes buttons. Our design highlights the raw simplicity both visually and physically...The cookware should encourage one to cook at home, which is an important social activity, as well as a healthy, sustainable and economic one.
It's the sort of design that's so simple, there's not really much to say about it. Two thumbs up.