If ever a product was designed to solve a problem we didn't know we had but actually do, it's the Richard Hutten Fruit Tray. We say this because the fruit bowl is such an entrenched and even beloved way to ripen fruit.
Think about it and two images come to mind: a row of fragrant peaches or tomatoes ripening on a windowsill, and a bowl of succulent fruit sitting on the kithen table, inviting a snack.
Artists throughout the ages have fetishized the fruit bowl, raising its stature pratically to totem, with the Odalisque its only major rival as an object of cultural fascination here in the West.
So who is industrial designer Richard Hutten to come along and suggest that a piece of fruit is better off nestling next to but not touching all the other pieces, all nicely preserved in its own little compartment?
Having recently thrown out an entire lovely bowl of Fuji apples because of one bad one that infected all the others, we think that this design is a minor revolution, and that Richard Hutten is its leader.
Available (with no pun intended) at Urban Peel.