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Alberto Ghiradello is one of eight Italian designers at Dustodesign who showed work at DMY earlier this month. Most recently he won first prize at the Generazione Expo for Tattanimali, a set of educational toys for young children, and he’s designed everything from watch cases, vases, seating and tableware. For DMY he showed a clever kitchen tool called Trick, a chopping board that comes with it its own knife. On one end of the board where a handle might normally be, Ghiradello has made an inset for a semi-circular blade held in place by two magnets on either side of the handle that meet with two magnets on either side of the blade’s slot. Trick is still a prototype, but it can easily be reproduced in a wide variety and thicknesses of wood, even, I suppose, a series of different knife blades, too.
Ghiradello’s Plano serving tray makes equally clever use of materials. The flat metal sheet is machine pressed to make handles on the sides, eliminating the need for extra parts or manufacturing processes.
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