You may have seen our Washing-up bowl, but do you also know the story behind the product?
One day back in 2002 Ole Jensen was doing the dishes in his kitchen sink. He noticed the sharp and hard surface of the sink and he suddenly hesitated putting his fragile china and fine glasses into the sink. This hesitation turns into an irritation and out of this irritation the idea of a flexible washing up bowl that shapes according to its content is born.
In early production days the washing-up bowl was glued together from several pieces. This was not only a slow production method but also resulted in a less sturdy product.
Ole Jensen explains: ”In the beginning the washing up bowls were black and red with an unmistakeable reference to rubber as we know it – car tires, bicycle tubes, gaskets etc. The washing up bowls then came in bright yellow and pure green and suddenly they were no longer just for the washing up but also a useful object for many other things around the house. Inside and outside – everyday and on holiday.”
Last summer Ole Jensen made a King size version that will hold a man (the-one-of-a-kind prototype costs 10.000 euro).
A few facts about the washing-up bowl:
Made out of rubber. 28 x 28 x 14 cm. Very popular on boats since it folds.
Approved by FDA for food… used as a wine cooler at MoMA in New York.
Colours: Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink, Red, Black and Brown.
Black is the most popular across markets.
Awarded Design Plus in 2002.
More info on our homepage
Last Friday the Normann Copenhagen sales team visited Ole Jensen in his workshop. It was a great chance to get a peek into what new projects Ole is working on. However what was even more interesting was how Ole described his work – from the first idea to the final product. Ole truly loves what he does and if you doubt us, just take a look at the pictures below…true passion
Meet Ole in his workshop (video)
Ole Jensen’s popular washing-up bowl is now available in a warm Chocolate Brown colour, which gives a bit of a kick to life’s daily boring routines. Expect to find it in selected design stores by the end of this month.
And the winner is…
Congratulations to Jonas Juhler Hansen who guessed the right colour in our quiz. A brown washing-up bowl is on its way to you.
UPDATE: The competition ran in 2008 and the winner was… Brown
We are introducing a new colour of Ole Jensen’s award winning Washing-Up Bowl & Brush. But what colour will it be? Write your suggestion in the comment field. Among the right answers we will draw a winner who – of course - wins a Washing-Up Bowl & Brush in the new colour. Deadline May 15.
Ole Jensen the designer of our Washing-up bowl has created this cool looking King size version/bathtub for the MINDCRAFT exhibition (displayed at Zona Tortona, Milan, from 16 – 21 April 2008). Picture borrowed from the magazine Living Design.
Nice to see how the MoMA cafe´2 uses our washing-up bowl as a cooler, and the Rocking glass for serving their desserts.