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ICO bottle opener
OTHR
2016
 
With its enchanting, symmetrically simple shape, this bronze bottle opener—uniquely stamped 0818—is something of a paradox. Designed for OTHR by Gregory Buntain, founder of design studio Fort Standard, it epitomises the interplay of modern production processes and natural materials he so readily endorses. The comparatively new method of 3D printing proved the solution for its meticulous manufacture, which would otherwise have been impossible using traditional bronze casting techniques. The result is a pleasingly tactile icosahedron which, with its twenty, three-sided facets, enables a bottle cap to be removed using any one of sixty permutations. 

OTHR proudly proclaim ‘by using technologies such as 3D printing, we avoid having to create more objects than there are homes for. Our objects do not physically exist until you choose to own one— each is embedded with a unique number to reflect your participation in its creation.’

And, here’s the conundrum. To be honest, we were taken in by the beautiful aesthetics of this seductive little sculpture. We didn’t need another bottle opener (read our previous post). That it could remove bottle tops was almost irrelevant. Our ‘participation in its creation’ was to simply place an order online; for the not-unsubstantial amount of $195.

Perhaps it’s a sign of a new consumerism? Paying the earth for what is ostensibly an everyday device. But, by purchasing this one-off object of desire, we’ve done our bit for saving the planet.
 
15 March 2019
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ICO bottle opener, detail.
ICO bottle opener.
ICO bottle opener, detail.
ICO bottle opener, detail.
ICO bottle opener.
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