giffin' termeer: drip dry
giffin' termeer: drip dry
mar 08, 2010

giffin' termeer: drip dry

‘drip-dry’ dishes

‘drip-dry’ dishes by american design studio giffin’ termeer (jess giffin and jim termeer), is born from this idea of wanting to escape the systems of racks, dishwashers, extended place settings and the intricate household rules of drying dishes. they thought about how dishes spend most of their time waiting to be used in the cupboard or waiting to be washed. at home they don’t use a drying rack, just a towel in which they wash one or two things and set them out to drip dry. what if this was all they did – sitting out to dry? what would the dishes look like then?

they chose to design three basic pieces, whose designs change our relationship to dishes, through one simple alteration. ‘drip-dry’ makes dishes more efficient in terms of their purpose. giffin’ termeer decided to ‘tip’ the plate, bowl and tumbler of the ‘drip-dry’ series, and make them self-sufficient, while at the same time animating them in a new way. now, with small tipping forms, the tableware becomes more figurative and contemplative. there is no longer a need for cupboards or dish racks. in the development of the series, they looked at naturalistic elements such as a crab stock handles found in 18th century european teapots drawn from a long tradition of asian ceramics. rounded crab stock forms, sprigs, what easily shed water, became the way in which to perch the dishes in the right orientation to literally ‘drip-dry’ after cleaning.

giffin' termeer: drip dry ‘drip-dry’ dishes with small plastic sprigs used to tip the dishes so that water can easily run off them

the first set of ‘drip-dry’ dishes were designed for the designboom NY mart, 2007 and were also exhibited in the designboom handled with care exhibition the same year. the patterns for this set were designed in CAD and printed with a 3D printer. the final stoneware dishes were produced entirely using a RAM press, glazed in off-white with a production run of 25 of each piece. the support sprigs were made from the same material as the body. while they liked the uniformity of a single material, the ‘tink’ sound of ceramic hitting the counter top was unsettling when the dishes were set down. the second chance for a re-design came about with a set they designed for the ‘pressing matter’ exhibition for the cheongu craft biennale in cheongu, korea last year. since the dishes are designed as if a dishwasher wasn’t invented, the materials didn’t have to be dishwasher-safe. because of this, along with the advances in adhesives, they decided that a plastic sprig would give a softer landing for the dishes.

giffin' termeer: drip dry the set consists of a tumbler, plate and bowl

for this new set of ‘drip-dry’ dishes, giffen’ termeer worked with ceramicist meg biddle, who hand threw the body of each piece. the throwing technique was chosen over RAM or slip casting because it is more efficient for the 10 sets they were producing with no tooling required. biddle needed only a 2D profile to use as a guide. the springs were individually modeled for each body and produced using an FDM (fused deposition modeling) rapid prototyping 3D printer. the 3D printer became a production method that matched the one-by-one process of wheel throwing. giffin’ termeer asked biddle to leave her finger marks on the thrown bodies, and as a final detail, they left the unfinished wood-grain-esque surface textures that are inherent in 3D printing on the sprigs, resulting in a fingerprint meets fingerprint aesthetic.

giffin' termeer: drip dry

giffin' termeer: drip dry ‘up close’ – you can see the ‘fingerprint’ texture of the sprig

giffin' termeer: drip dry

process of making the ‘drip-dry’ dishes:

giffin' termeer: drip dryprocess making

giffin' termeer: drip dryprocess making

giffin' termeer: drip dryfitting sprigs

giffin' termeer: drip dry

giffin' termeer: drip dryfitting sprigs attached to the dishes

giffin' termeer: drip dry ‘drip-dry’ models

giffin' termeer: drip dry ‘drip-dry’ model

giffin' termeer: drip dry preliminary models

giffin' termeer: drip dry designing the mark

  • Why try to reinvent the wheel? You’ll need to dry the bottoms at some point so why not dry a little more with a dishcloth with a conventional plate etc. Also, it reduces the stacking side of it…when drainers seem to be getting smaller….houses etc, this just doesn’t make any sense! Yes, we need to think creatively but also practically.

  • crapola

    not impressed
  • beautiful, witty, fun! thanks for sharing the process

  • just wipe them with a teatowel – job done?

  • Bev H.

    This is a case of not being able to appreciate the beauty in things for what they are. I’d hardly call these earthenware pieces mundane. This support device actually impedes our experience with the tradition of washing/drying up (possibly done between two people), and the random sculptures than can be achieved by stacking dishes according to a chaos theory approach. The placement of these vessels is governed by a single outcome, limiting potential functions (stacking for instance).

    Why try to fix something when it aint broke?

    cmon guys
  • Non stackable dishes??? The dish rack is perfect for air-drying dishes. Do it all the time d;-)

  • umm this is lame. dont dis on dishracks! they are much better because you can stack things vertically in one place, and save space on teh counter. and how would you store these dishes once they are dry? the objects are a bit of an eye sore in my own opinion and seem kind of junky. a better way to go about with this idea would be to make a tiny bit of the lip on the dish wave up a little higher then the rest of the lip rim. it would be easier to clean, easier to make and you would still be able stack/store the dishes in a cabinet.

    Ariel E
  • I like that the dishes drying become more of a display scene, than if in a rack – but perhaps the way to do this is drying rack that holds / displays dishes in a new interesting way?

  • re: cmon guys
    I can understand your technical points of concern, but…

    The project seems to explore more the idea getting away from conventional methods of drying dishes, new concepts or ways to envision this kind of everyday action. I think it’s quite poetic and sculptural. A more whimsical approach. The dish ware, though mundane, becomes something on display, emphasizing the handmade qualities of the product while still ‘doing something’ when in its tipped form. Sure, ideally things should be purposeful and less superfluous, but once in a while these types of pieces make us think differently about how to look at an object and its potential functions.

    Bev H.
  • I’d hate to be the first one to set the tone, but:

    • Where are all the drips meant to go, surely not onto a counter top?
    • Doesn’t leaving a wet object intact with a wet surface for any period of time encourage mold/bacteria growth? Surely creating multiple wet areas, would do the same.
    • What happens when the waterless dishwasher is perfected, the use of running water for washing dishes will become obsolete?
    • Dishwashers, aren’t going away, nor dishracks.

    Why allocate a purpose built device for each piece of crockery when a dish rack is able to apply this principle universally without the need for individual superfluous augmentation.

    I can only muse that this is a waste of Meg Biddle’s beautiful organic work adulterated by a synthetic material. This really follows the “chindogu” or useless invention principle.

    cmon guys

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