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3. Stainless Steel Tongs
Maker unknown Tongs, c.1951-1976 Stainless steel ILEA object no: CC377 Photograph reproduced courtesy of Julia Parks, photograph © UAL UAL does not hold copyright over the object illustrated

These futuristic, stainless steel tongs consist of a slender bent tube connecting two spoon-shaped ends. Tongs are used as an extension of the human hand. It is not only a functional enhancement, but also protection. In the post-war period, Scandinavian design was able to enter Britain under lower tax restrictions as it was classed as “utility furniture” due to the relatively low production costs. As a result, Scandinavian design in Britain boomed.

这只未来主义的不锈钢钳子,由一根弯折的管道型手柄和两个勺状的末端组成。钳子一直以来是作为人手的延伸的一种工具,这不仅仅是功能上的加强,也是对于人手的一种保护。在战后时期,许多斯堪的纳维亚设计的产品能够以较低的税收限制进入英国,这是因为它们相对较低的生产成本以及被归类为“实用家具”。也由此,英国的斯堪的纳维亚设计得以蓬勃发展。

4. Kristian Solmer Vedel Egg Cup

This egg cup was part of Kristian Solmer Vedel’s ‘gourmet’ melamine tableware series. Through his designs, Vedel promoted his ideals of the betterment of society, catering to what ‘his fellow men need’. This egg cup even elevates breakfast into something ‘gourmet’, idealised. Vedel sought inspiration from American stacking table services, designing his egg cups to stack on top of one another. Unlike traditional Scandinavian design, Vedel was interested in innovative space-conservation.

这只蛋杯来自于克里斯蒂安·索尔默·韦德尔: “美食”三聚氰胺餐具系列。韦德尔想要通过他的设计,满足普通人的需求,从而促进他改善社会的理想。这个蛋杯将普通的早餐提升为理想的“美食”。值得一提的是,与传统的斯堪的纳维亚设计不同,维德尔对创新的空间利用很感兴趣。韦德尔从美国的堆叠家具中得到了灵感,设计了自己的堆叠蛋杯。

Kristian Solmer Vedel (Denmark, b.1923-2003) Egg cup (White), c.1951-1976 Plastic, Melamine ILEA object no: CC180 Photograph reproduced courtesy of Julia Parks, photograph © UAL UAL does not hold copyright over the object illustrated