Instead of commissioning talent for a certain object, Design House Stockholm asks designers to send in product ideas and singles out the best. Its strategy generates a spectacular range of home accessories that are instant classics. These Whale Tongs were created by David Mayhew, a British naval officer turned carpenter who knows a thing or two about the ocean (and the creatures who call it home). Its arms are held together by a smart magnetic hinge so they can be easily separated for cleaning.
Winner of the Tasmanian Design Award, 2006.