Internet and social media are most satisfying when used to fuel the development of things and experience in the physical world, away from light-emitting screens. Chicago-based designer and Core77 cartoonist Craighton Berman is no stranger to this, using Kickstarter to take pre-orders for the first production run of one of his earliest design products: Pinch, a salt and pepper set that brings the salt cellar from the stovetop to the dining table. Berman demonstrates above.
When launched, project pledges were available in amounts from $1 to $150. Now, all $150 pledges—which buys a first edition Pinch set and a hand-picked selection of spices—are sold out, but you can still pledge anywhere from $75, which is "effectively a pre-order," to $1, which will get your name listed in a hand-drawn thank you note on Berman's blog. Pledge/Pre-order before Oct. 22 to reserve your own set and help make this project real.
'Pinch' is a ceramic salt cellar and pepper shaker set that brings the experience of adding 'a pinch of salt' to the dining table. Pinch is ideal for for sea salt or Kosher salt--which is loved by cooks for its ability to draw flavors out of foods. Typically a chef keeps a large vessel of salt--known as a cellar--next to the stove, and intuitively pinches portions for their works-in-progress. This direct interaction with the salt was the inspiration for the design of Pinch.
Pinch brings the salt cellar from the stovetop to the dining table. The bottom vessel holds a portion of sea salt, and the top sphere is a traditional pepper shaker, which acts as a cover for the cellar when not in use. The act of 'closing' Pinch results in the satisfying slide of two pieces of ceramic against each other--a viscerally pleasing interaction that is reminiscent of using a ceramic mortar and pestle.