A sink like KANERA 1 E, having just won the renowned red dot award: product design 2008, awarded by The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen on March, 14th is the pinnacle of industrial design. Firstly it has to “function” and secondly it has to have “form”, -a form that packages the function in a way that awakens desire. This sensual play requires the highest level of qualifications in each phase of the developing process in order to continually evoke new emotions and enduringly supersede expectations. This way the impulsive design of the KANERA 1 E matured in a one year long, inspiring interplay of emotion and efficiency, of creativity and do-ability and last but not least man and material.
GRAFT was commissioned by KANERA to develop a sink in the traditional technique implementing enameled embossed sheet metal. In the design of this model GRAFT explores the material's properties, creating a fixture as topographically integrated piece rather than a freestanding entity. The new basin is a landscape where water levels differentiate the shore line, where toothbrush and soap find natural resting places, where the very nature of water's ever-moving fluidity has its formal expression: a pastoral design connecting the human body to a natural flow within a bigger context, throughout the staging of our small daily routines.