Iconic Italian housewares company Alessi asked us to create a trivet for its collection. At the time I was fascinated by objects that didn’t blatantly communicate their use, and left their function open to interpretation. Paired with my long-held interest in transformation and movement, my version of the humble exemplar emerged as one of playfulness realized in a trio of concentric arcs.
Each mirror-polished stainless steel crescent that comprises the Try It Trivet can be considered a trivet in and of itself. Magnets inside each thick half-moon encourage users to connect them in serpentine, decidedly non-trivet-like shapes and use them in non-trivet-like ways. When assembled together, the pieces create a stable support large enough to accommodate a mid-sized casserole.
The Try It Trivet won the Good Design® Award in 2010.