New product by Sheffield based design company dwiss
We are really pleased to be showcasing a new product by Sheffield based design company dwiss. The humble kitchen bin has been redesigned and re thought. This elegant piece of kitchen furniture satisfies the needs of both the design-conscious and eco-friendly buyer. dwiss founder Jon Walker has lead a team on the development of the domestic recycling system.
Inspired by Dieter Rams, designed by Paul Timmer and built by master craftsmen, baring the lid hinge the dwiss is made entirely from sustainable beech plywood.
It features four compartments that conveniently store different waste types, and which can be quickly and easily emptied into our outside bins for collection by the local authorities.
Walker explained: “Recycling can make a mess of your kitchen with bottles and cans in different places, but it doesn’t have to. The dwiss can be configured to meet the users’ needs, so they get a clutter-free worktop back!” Even the packaging is has been designed with an eco-eye. Two sides drop down as part of a grand reveal. Once disassembled, the pieces can be stored inside the Dwiss.
Walker, a former environmental and quality manager said he designed the Dwiss as a response to his own recycling experiences. “Recycling can make a mess of your kitchen with bottles and cans in different places but it doesn’t have to,” he says.“The dwiss is highly flexible and can be configured to suit the buyer’s needs. Its design eliminates mechanical parts that may be subject to failure and it’s designed to last a lifetime.”
And it seems we can expect more from the designer. “The aim is to develop a range of sustainable products which supports sustainable actions,” he says. “Uncluttered design, first class craftsmanship and timeless design are very much the core values which will be reflected in our products as the brand grows.”
The Dwiss can be ordered online at www.dwiss.org.
We caught up with Jon Walker to find out more about dwiss.
Who or what inspired you to create dwiss?
The mother of invention, good lady necessity. While working as Environmental Manager over 10 years ago I started recycling as much as I could. I soon found that I had a pile of paper here, a stack of bottles there and a bag of tins hanging off the door handle. So I looked for something that would make recycling quick and easy, looked good and which itself was sustainable. Nothing came up. I went for dinner at a friends house and saw that they had a similar set up and so I started sketching out some ideas for a ‘domestic waste internal separation system’ – the dwiss was born.
Have you collaborated with anyone whilst developing the dwiss?
Developing the dwiss has been a very collaborative process, which started with Design Futures over 10 years ago. They’ve helped design both the dwiss itself and the packaging. Paul Timmer, a Dutch designer / maker lead the detailed design of the dwiss, taking it from a collection of prototypes and corresponding user feedback through to the launch product. And we hooked with My Father’s Heart, Ben Giles from Matobo and photographer James Brown to create the stunning imagery. But the most rewarding collaborations have been with Eve Ballie, a Graphic Design in-turn working at Design Futures who helped with the packaging design; Ben Folkes, a Mechanical Engineering graduate that has started a 3D printing business and who printed some of the prototype parts; and other students that we’ve worked with through Sheffield Hallam University’s Venture Matrix programme. For these, the dwiss has been not just a product but an opportunity to learn and grow. Such outcomes are what dwiss is all about.
How would you describe the process of turning an idea to into a prototype?
User centric. For dwiss this process has involved a number of prototypes. All ideas were represented as prototypes and trialled, with the feedback used to complete the next stage of the development process, which was then represented as a prototype and the cycle repeated. The outcome is that the dwiss has been designed by its users. The size, shape and number of compartments has all come from user feedback. We’ve combined this feedback with Dieter Rams’ design principles to produce the launch version. We’ll continue to use the feedback from people that use the dwiss as the main development input.
What is the most satisfying part of the work you do, and why?
The dwiss has been designed to work well, look great and be sustainable. It is meant to inspire people to recycle more and give a little more consideration to the use of natural resources. So when people refuse to give a prototype back because they’re “in recycling heaven”, or comment on how elegant it looks, or ask “so what is the Circular Economy?”, then I feel satisfied that we’re heading in the direction of our mission, which is to shift us a little closer to a sustainable position on the use of natural resources through the creation of elegant and sustainable products. Great design isn’t the aim of dwiss, it’s a tool that we use to achieve great outcomes.
What next for dwiss?
Convert a noun into a verb. Rather than thinking ‘this old newspaper is waste, I’ll bin it’, we want people to think ‘this old newspaper is surplus material, I’ll dwiss it’. The humble bin occupies a pivotal point in today’s linear economy – it’s the point where we dispose of something that we no longer believe to be of use. We’re looking to work with leaders from all walks of life to shift our mindset, so that we see the value in what is no longer of use to us and take a little extra care to recycle it correctly, so realising its value for someone else.
Do you have more products in planning?
Yes, we’ve more products in planning, but I had a plan for the dwiss which, due to external factors we’ve tacked back and forth across many times, reacting to, absorbing and capitalising on the continual stream of risks and opportunities that arose. So while we’ve more products in the planning we’ve loads more to do with the dwiss and I’d say there’s a good chance that our next product will emerge from an opportunity we’re not even aware of yet. We respond as much, if not more than, we plan.