'garden tools' by itay laniado 'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed
'garden tools' by itay laniado   'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed 'garden tools' by itay laniado   'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed
aug 26, 2010

'garden tools' by itay laniado 'design for all' competition shortlisted revealed


‘garden tools – form / function research’ by itay laniado from israel is one of the 240 shortlisted entries from more than 5100 participants in our recent designboom competition ‘design for all‘ in collaboration with seoul design fair 2010.

designer’s own words: ‘the project approaches garden tools from a material, aesthetic, and functional investigative perspective. the bulk of my research focused on the development of a technique of bending and stretching wood into functional forms while maintaining the simplicity, both of the production process and of the working approach of the tools. in addition, I conducted a formal investigation into developing the shape of the blades – both in the design and in the bending process. the project includes six final objects: sickle, axe/machete, spade, shovel, scythe and bow saw. each piece is created from wood (oak) and stainlesss-steel blades.’

stay tuned. the entire list of shortlisted entries from the ‘design for all’ competition will be revealed shortly.





bow saw

‘garden tools’

  • Site:
    [url=http://Itay.designgroup.co.il] Itay Laniado [/url]

    I says:
  • this is something cool and improved…but this design is not Universal in a way…

    lesigner says:
  • I especially like the bowed saw if blade tension is sufficient — longer strokes are good, and just the end would be fine for overhead pruning.

    Tom P says:
  • So glad to see your project again,
    its beautiful!
    my favorit project from the exhibition!!

    Leeega says:
  • nice designs!
    but why use oak (very rigid) and not ash
    and why stainless steel which, although it’s shiny (what designers like) , is not as strong as other kinds of alloys

    maarten says:
  • aesthetically nice, but doesn’t seem to work so well as gardening tools

    Pete says:
  • Quite nice indeed, it calls to mind a design-conscious Robinson Crusoe had he taken the time to plant a garden on his island (the better to keep Friday occupied and properly versed in the arts of the shrubbery).

    However : I have a few issues with the materials.

    – Humidity (wet soil, watering, etc…) : can the wood keep from naturally bending as it is often enclined to do ?
    – Tension ( from lifting soil with the spade ) : while admirable in compression, wood fibers tend to rupture under tension. Is continued use a problem?
    I’d have kept the shape of the shaft but turned it 90 degrees to better accomodate the motion of digging. (this is minor as most people tend to care for their tools ).
    – Elasticity : wouldn’t moving the bow saw to and fro play on the bow’s flexibility ? I’d be afraid to unhook the blade. Or just breaking it when tension is insufficient.
    – Dirt : While incredibly beautiful, is rope the best solution for the grips ? what treatment do you suggest to keep them from getting spoiled under outdoor use ?

    Eye-catching project nonetheless.

    Romain says:
  • just DIY design..
    its a good?
    I can not find concept,
    DIY not equal ECO.
    Ok There is protype,, but
    They must judge hard.

    uno says:

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