Potato peelers are so inherently utilitarian that their inclusion in a design shop is almost a cliché of anti-elitism. Yet while the “humble masterpiece of design” concept is well-worn, the most common alternative, that of expensive ‘design products’ where the designer’s principal contribution is to add prestige, seems to us an ethical and aesthetic dead-end. So potato peelers it is.
Zena Star Classic Peeler
?1947: Alfred Neweczeral
Honoured with a postal stamp in Switzerland in 2003, the ubiquitous Zena peeler combines simplicity of manufacture with near perfect functionality. Thus the item can be manufactured in Switzerland and still be competitively priced. Watch the Food Network™ and you’ll generally be able to tell the professional chef from the celebrity by keeping a eye out for this tool.
Good Grips: Peeler
?1994: Tucker Wiemeister & Smart Design
The result of extensive research and testing by Smart Design’s Wiemeister, the Good Grips handle was among the very first of the new ergonomic / accessible designs of the 1990s. A wide handle reduces grip strength requirement and flexible fins protect the hand and won’t slip even when wet. Made of Santoprene and stainless steel, all Good Grips tools are dishwasher safe. Winner of numerous awards including the Tylenol / Arthritis Foundation Award and Industrial Design Magazine Excellence Award.
Zena Star Classic Peeler: $12.95
Good Grips: Peeler: $9.95
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