An olive bowl
The olive tree has, always been an inspiration for me. Olive oil and olives, the products of this tree have been a motto for my work. Oli is the second object that I’ve design inspired in the olives. The brand Oli is short for the name of this curvaceous and feminine fruit from the olive tree, the olive. which originates from the latin word olea. It conveys grace and lightness, joy and sound, making its understanding easier beyond borders.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Oli is the Olive bowl that joins aesthetics and function, holding both olives and pits.
It is a porcelaine object, dyed black on the outside, completely glazed and horizontally divided in two parts. The base is to serve olives and the upper part is a container for the pits, which can be taken out through a removable lid allowing the piece to be cleansed.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
My intention was to create dual-purpose packaging which would contain the product, essential for any packaging, but once opened would enhance it through the surprise factor.
When designing this object I enhanced the shape of the olive through its simplicity, through its intrinsic value and the minimalist but not simplistic form. Proof of that is the result of this smooth, black, oval form, in which the design is only broken when we see the orifice and the line that divides the object in two, thus determining its functions.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Started in Porto in April 2011 and finished in November 2014
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
This object was developed after several drawings on paper, and a mockup also on paper. Afterwards we developed this object in a digital 3D image in the computer, when we decided on the measurements and capacity. Two prototypes were made in PVC, 3D impressions were made to decide the final form of the OLI.
From this 3D impression result the mould from which the first OLI was produced.
There are two different technics of producing the mould, one in plaster and the other in silicone.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Format: 110mm x 120 mm
Weight: 500 g
Capacity: 300 ml
Olive oil, oil, olive tree, olives, bowl, OLI, tableware, design, pits, ceramic
My research into olive dishes involved not only analysing their function and use but also studying the object and the offers on the market. This research evolved over several months to reinforce the idea and ensure that nothing similar existed.
The first drawings show a clear intention to make this simple every day piece into a design object that can be displayed, enjoyed and used.
The choice of porcelain for this piece has to do with the value of the material itself and its usability, but also with the value it adds to the final result, both due to its organic aspect, the pure white and the glaze that emerges from the firing.
The main creative challenge was to combine aesthetics and function.
One of the obstacle was to calculate and decide the capacity of the bowl. Other, was the technical problem to calculate the hole that makes possible to clean the pit's part of the bowl.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Miguel Pinto Félix, 2015.
MPFXdesign, LDA., 2014