The perfect dish drainer?
FLUNDRA dish drainer might seem like a trivial product. It’s something you may need at home, but really wish you didn’t. Sure, doing the dishes can be kind of meditative, but to most of us it’s just plain boring. So, to see if we succeeded in making that part of everyday life a little easier and more fun, we let the daughter of one of our colleagues test it. Would she think doing the dishes was more fun with FLUNDRA, or were we biting off more than we could chew?
To solve the task, we involved two of our most experienced designers, sister and brother duo Marianne and Knut Hagberg. If anyone could make a dish drainer that met our expectations it would be them.
A better everyday for more people
Knut and Marianne have worked with us since the late 70’s and have designed thousands of IKEA products throughout the years. Chances are, even if you don’t have FLUNDRA dish drainer at home, that you own something else that they’ve been involved in creating.
“Generally speaking, we try to make the everyday better for as many people as possible with every single product we design. At a reasonable price. That’s what motivates us”, says Knut.
FLUNDRA is a good example of that kind of design. It’s a product that has more to offer than the most obvious.
It shouldn’t be rocket science, right?
“Me and Knut are inspired by everyday life. We always think, hmm, how could this be improved? We often do our dishes by hand and know what it means to live in small space, so it came natural to design FLUNDRA the way we did. That part of the design wasn’t rocket science”, laughs Marianne.
So, that FLUNDRA had to work in a small home with limited space was a given. That’s why the cutlery stand is a part of the dish drainer itself. By using flexible polypropylene plastic, it became possible to hang nine glasses on the side of the drainer, dry 18 plates at the same time – and still have room for that extra pan or bowl. The choice of material also made it possible to simplify the production process and keep the costs low.
Good enough. For now.
But then there was the tricky part – how to make it fun to do the dishes.
“We wanted to add something that could trigger the imagination and bring some joy to the product. That’s why we made the drain holes look like soap bubbles – it makes FLUNDRA more playful and a little less like your average dish drainer, explains Marianne.
And what did our test person think? The response wasn’t as enthusiastic as we’d hoped for. “It worked well, the few times I actually did the washing up”, she answered.
Well, we can’t win them all. It seems like there are still people out there that don’t like doing the dishes, no matter what. We’re guessing it takes far more advanced work than rocket science to change that. But, we created a dish drainer that can dry a lot of dishes on a small area. And at a price that fits anyone who rather spend money on other things than dish drainers.