Wednesday, March 05, 2008

By the inking of my thumbs... something clever this way comes

Potholder, 2007

Danish designer Jakob Wagner's pot holder was inspired by his very own fingerprint. Looking at the ovoid mark and thinking about the purpose of all those tread-like wavy lines, Wagner thought to apply - quite literally - what helps humans grip items with their hands to what they use to grip hot dishes from the oven.

The heat-resistant silicone's raised pattern, taken directly from Wagner's print, provides traction as well as protection. At its center is a tiny magnet, for handy clipping to the fridge.

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