Design Awards 2010

The Judges Awards

01. Best Domestic Design

While most men enjoy a little culinary activity these days, some still need an extra incentive. Enter ‘Kitchen Tools for Men’.Thought up by little-known Japanese product designer Mitsunobu Hagino,and manufactured by kitchen utensil experts Prince Kogyo – a Tokyo-based company with more than 40 years in the business. The set is an addition to the Tools for Men range dreamt up by the collective NICO. The tools have a definite weighty manliness to them and come in testosterone-coated gunmetal black. Produced in sturdy, welded stainless steel for durability, with a heatproof silicone finish, the tools are designed to last a lifetime of culinary experimentation. The welding makes for an absence of rivets that means there’s less chance of grease and grime accumulating, making them hygienic too. Comprising nine items, including two graters, a bottle opener, a pasta drainer and a lethally sharp potato peeler, the tools add a slice of barbecue brawn to the kitchen.

Key features: Sturdy kitchen utensils: two graters, peeler, turner, tongs, wine opener, can opener, bottle opener, cap opener
Material: Silicone-coated stainless steel
Previous projects by designer: Mitsunobu Hagino answered the call from cooperative Niigata Industrial Creation Organization (NICO) for kitchen utensils to add to its Tools for Men range. Each year NICO sets briefs to support Niigata prefecture’s craftsmen in developing new products
Based:Niigata prefecture, Honshu, Japan

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