Honey is a natural delicacy produced in Italy in different types and varieties. Some articles about the disappearance of the bees and the essential role of the honey in our feeding are asking our attention. The design is inspired by shapes and structures existing in nature and by studies about the building of the spherical surface performed in the architecture and natural science fields. The use of the honey during the breakfast with hot milk and tea or as remedy for the sore throat are been a good suggestion.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A beehive with two star shaped flowers on each end is founded on a cone-shaped stem, thus creating a steel whole object. It is lightweight and its hollow interior is suitable for picking the desired quantity of honey from the jar, transfer and mix it into a cup containing drink. It can be used as a spoon, thanks to the small dimension of the sphere and the material of which it is produced.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Acacia is a small dipper able to hold honey inside during the displacement from the jar to another point. The rounded section of the handle lets rotating the object between two fingers and prevent the inadvertent fall of a honey drop. It is not damaged in high temperature conditions.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in April 2012 in Milano and finished in April 2014 between Milano and Crusinallo. It was presented at Maison&Objet, Paris and Homi, Milan in Autumn 2014.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The object is produced in two parts welded between them with the microcasting technology of the steel 18/10. It is composed of a sphere formed by the honeycomb structure joined to a dipper that makes it easy to serve and spread the honey. The mirror-polished finishing completes the process of production.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Hight mm 160
Diameter mm 25
The spherical part can hold about grams 8 of honey.
tableware, honey, mix, food, stainless steel, breakfast, drink, bees, kitchen toolsbiological, mathematics
Geometrical and natural forms. Design and production quality, aestethic values to represent something precious, able to play as a gift. Drawings, alternative solutions, computer modelling, prototypes with 3d printing and their evaluation with the technical team of Alessi company. A lightweight cage built as a beehive to contain the honey, joined with a conical stem. One portion is around 8 grams of liquid honey. A new object for the honey with the most diffuse production as possible.
The Acacia dipper is a project into the world of the honey, bees and mathematics. The idea was a flower to serve this food, obtained with a refined workmanship. I met examples of the natural minerals and of the architectures to compose a sphere with flat elements. The structure has been processed by 3D software, prototyped with 3D printing and produced with micro-casting technology. Acacia would keep the feeling to pick up an high quality food, widening its use as a mixer and a drop-proof spoon.
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Image #0: Photographer Alessandro Ruffini, 2014
Optional Image #2: Photographer Alessandro Milani