black+blum’s Dish Rack Really Does What Its Name Says

We’ve seen all kinds of technologies applied to the kitchen, but when it comes to washing dishes by hand, nothing beats the simple, non electronic dish rack. That doesn’t mean it can’t be updated to work more efficiently or possess a less utilitarian look. Which brings us to black+blum’s Dish Rack.

Inspired by architect Santiago Calatrava (designed the Ground Zero building), your glasses, bottles and dishes aren’t being tossed into a rectangular metal container with speed bumps rising from inside. Instead you’re getting a more architectural design (of plastic, not concrete obviously). Besides having a curve shape that’s pleasing to the eye, jutting up are vertical prongs whose purpose is to hold glasses, bottles (drinking as well as for baby), pans, etc. But since a dish rack has a singular purpose, it makes sense to detail exactly how it does what it does.

Start with the simplest — the rack holds dishes in grooves running across its length, even as those vertical prongs safely and efficiently handle glassware. In both of these cases, it’s inevitable that water will drip down and onto the bottom tray that the dish rack consists of. While it makes sense, and there’s nothing wrong with lifting the rack to clean off the water from the bottom tray, why can’t the overall design have considered this and evolved a solution? It did, there is and it consists of an incline that uses gravity to bring the water towards the front. That’s well and good but what then? Having put the “lip” that is at the front of the rack so that it hangs over the sink, here’s where the water can do its thing and waterfall. But more complaints — what if the rack can’t be placed all the time right at the edge of the sink so as to do this? Again there’s no problem — the “lip” flexes up so as to keep the water contained. Of course there are those who will have placed the rack inside a dish sink, since it’s designed to fit inside standard models, but that’s not a requirement. It should also be noted that the silverware holder continues the overall theme in appearance and usefulness.

The Dish Rack is also machine washable, folding down to facilitate this (it comes folded and is quickly assembled by following the pictogram directions on the box). That’s a sensible design element that shows those who made it live in the “real world.” Another point comes from the acknowledgement that water can cause limescale residue on the bottom tray and lip, so there’s a quick word on using lime juice to get rid of it (saving time even in this world of Google and YouTube).

The Dish Rack measures 17.2 12.4 x 10 inches and comes in a choice of white or green. It retails for $40.00.

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