Melbourne-based product designer Jon Liow showcases a handful of interesting, conscientious and mostly minimal design concepts in his portfolio, but his latest project, "Lean," comes out of left field nonetheless. See it in action after the jump.
Well, if the title didn't give it away, "Lean" is a plate informed by user behavior. Liow explains:As a child, I remember being taught how to lean freshly toasted slices of bread against each together, in order to aerate the hot slices and allow them to become crispy. This going against the common practice of throwing them flat onto a plate, resulting in cold, soggy slices of bread.
Anyone who has caught on to this practice knows how hard it can sometimes be to stand two slices of toast up on the slippery surface of a clean plate.
The 'lean' dish is designed with this simple function in mind. Two subtle ridges are raised just high enough, and spaced just far enough apart, to support a varying range of bread slice sizes. It also works as a fully functional and ergonomic plate. Here's to crispy toast.
Love the presentation, but I'm not sure where to go from there. Maybe it's gesture-based: swipe the toast on the toppings, no knife necessary.
Could also do without the "instructions" (if you have to ask...)
Perhaps Liow's concept is but a new frontier for what we'll call "post-toaster design": a survey of the first ten search results for "toaster" provides ample evidence (yes, each of those letters is a separate link to a separate toaster) that designers the world over have yet to perfect the art of heating sliced, leavened, wheat-based sources of carbohydrates.