What would turn me off is the amount of space it seems to take up. I keep our watering can under my sink with a bunch of other stuff. Those “arms” look ready to knock over everything else under my sink every time I go to water a plant!
actually I had heard karim mandated that we install a pedestal in the center of the living room to accommodate the watering can. I assume you all know to take anything off the walls and paint them white like a gallery as well.
I’m going to stick up for Karim here and say that I really like these. They are sculptures that serve a purpose. I have a similar one (not Karim) from a few years back that I paid I think $45 for, and it sits out on a bookshelf. People always comment on it. I like the idea of making simple, functional objects into art. Frank Lloyd Wright has a particular distaste for closets in American homes. His thought was that if you owned anything you had to hide, you probably shouldn’t own it.
Ikea did a great job making the $1.99 watering can, and you can see cost was the goal from the get go. Those cans nest so you can fit a huge amount into a carton, unpack, and merchandize. I think that this makes it beautiful in its own way, and they certainly did some wonderful form work, but it doesn’t have the Noguchi like beautiful form of the Karim one.
There’s a rub here. You’re now talking about a product that is produced in the hundreds of thousands, if not the millions. Imagine the packaging for these things?
You cross the chasm into retail for the masses, you have to consider the “footprint” of this product. Not only in the shelf/closet/cupboard space, but in the shipping cost, packaging cost, etc. This product alone not only uses a LOT of plastic for a simple purpose, it is burning a heck of a lot more fuel in trasporting it to the distro and then to each Target than the Ikea product.
Chalk up yet another nail in the coffin for ID not following through on the “Design Responsibly” mandate.
Ha. Certainly not, but many of the more modern derivatives of this style, for instance, have become more “friendly” looking in molded plastic. They are more round over all and the exaggerated spout looks like a nice face or flower itself. I am not a plant person, but putting myself into the head, or thinking about watching someone care for plants… It’s like a sort of communion. The Rashid can looks more mechanical and cold. It doesn’t look like it’s meant to nurture. Maybe my practical side is speaking too loudly, but the visual language of the design does not say buy me to make your plants grow. Moss, maybe. Target, no.
Only spouting off about all of this obvious stuff to clarify my train of thought…