I really like this idea, because what I really don’t like is setting soiled cutlery down on the clean tablecloth. Or setting clean flatware down on a dirty table. The Float Flatware set by Yamazaki has an interesting design. Look at this:
What they have done is added extra metal as a triangular ridge on the bottom face of the handle. The result is that when you set it on the table the top end of the fork, knife or spoon is suspended in the air above the table. In short, it “Floats”. Made of dishwasher safe 18/8 stainless steel it also adds some extra heft to the cutlery. Very nice design and a nice set of flatware.
Yamazaki Float 20-Piece Flatware Set, Service for 4
A lot of babies are born in Fall it seems (my list of birthdays proves it to me). A very popular new cutlery product for babies right now are the BEABA First Stage Silicone Spoons.
This set of 4 silicone spoons are specifically designed for a baby introduced to solid food. The ergonomic handles make it easier for the parent trying to get food into that cute quick moving face. The hygienic all silicone design are BPA, lead and phthalate free. The silicone is soft to make it safe for a sensitive mouth and actually doubles as a teether.
BEABA First Stage Silicone Spoons, 4 Count
Life Labs who make the Liftware spoon which is designed to help people with Parkinson’s tremors had been bought out by Google of all people. Google and Apple both have been making baby steps in the medical market and this seems to be one of those steps.
Life Labs states on their blog: “We’re especially excited to work with the Google team to scale our operations and reach even more people who could benefit from using tremor-canceling devices”
Read the article at the Verge for details
Designers I-Ting Chan & Ting-Yin Yeh have created a complete tableware setting for people with cerebral palsy or other nerve control disorders. A lot of work is done in this area that relies on technology and gadgets rather than good design (sadly I’ve noted this more than once) and this set has a lot of good design.
The Benefeat spoon can be adjusted to any angle and has an ergonomically shaped silicon handle. The rest of the setting considers the angle of the bowl or plate, non-slip pads, anti-spill designs and the intent to allow the user easier access to the food to feed themselves.