In my eyes this wide array of design qualities or the lack thereof is
typical for producers of household goods (at least in Germany).
Whereas I have not worked for Rösle, yet, I did a lot of work within
the tabletop category. Typically those companies evolved out of a production
outfit with tight capabities that fits one category of products, like knifes
or pots, but they want to present a full assortement to get store shelf meters
(most important). So they all have to source a growing proportion of their
product elsewhere. Responsible are category and product managers. The
goal of presenting a coherent design language, that is visible for all of those
items, is simply not theirs. Instead it is tried to wash everything over with
branding and CI measures that graphics design is catering for.
And it is successful to an extend. As the consumer focus is not on the design
details of those products. The Pizzawheel stands out, but trying to seperate
your forks and saladspoons from the competions is near hopeless, if you do
not choose to deviate too much from the traditional forms that are inherited
and expected by the public.
You could always do an Alessi, but this is a different brand concept.
Whatsoever, if you are interested in learning more about Roesles Design Process
visit their website at:http://www.roesle.de/epages/Roesle.sf/e ... signpreise
or the Red dot file on them:http://de.red-dot.org/index.php?id=2878 ... search_pi1
As it shows they are working with agencies all over the world and the hubless
pizza wheel was actually done in the USA. (A pizza nation, who'd doubt that!)
I am not young enough to know everything.