RED - SPOON HOLDER & STEAM RELEASER | OTOTO DESIGN
The crab figure was born out of the search for an animal inspiration , which conjures up a smile upon the encounter with its functional use when cooking - a spoon rest.
In the design process of the crab, it was important for me to maintain the animal's design characteristics and at the same time create a friendly figure that conveys humor. The claws are an important feature and their use for holding the spoon was obvious. I wanted to preserve their original shape by keeping their joints and their iconic contour while softening their ‘threat’ and adding grace .
For me, the eyes of the crab are also an important feature that gives them a cartoon look in reality, so it was important for me to emphasize them because they bring life to the image of the final object and intensify its iconic shape. The legs were designed to allow the crab to stand on its own in addition to being hanged on the pot's edge. The challenge was to simplify the contour in a minimalist line that matches the body and to enable the combined function. To extended functional use, the "axis" was added in the crab's body to allow the cooking spoon to be directed over the pot and to prevent dripping.