So I’ve been working my way through Naomi Pollock‘s new book on Japanese product design, which I wrote about in an earlier post and in an article in The Japan Times, cherry-picking from the well-designed Japanese products she introduces. I’ve just bought this amazing over-the-sink rollable dish drainer and couldn’t be more excited!
Designed in-house by kitchen-goods manufacturer Arnest, it’s a flat, slatted mat that sits right over the sink so dishes can drain but rolls up out of the way when not in use. It’s strong enough to hold a heavy pot — up to 10 kg (22 lbs) — so it also turns the sink-space into work space when you’re cooking.
Japanese kitchens are notoriously tight on space, but look how nicely this fits!
And then gets the heck out of the way:
It comes in orange and green and three sizes. I bought the medium (52×35 cm) to send to my mother in the U.S., who has a serious shortage of counter space in her tiny kitchenette in an assisted-living facility. But it also comes in small (42×35 cm) and large (58×35 cm) . (If you follow these links to buy on Amazon Japan, there’s a pull down menu so you can select the other color.)
As far as I know, it’s only available in Japan, so please don’t ask me where you can find it in other countries. Maybe your kitchen-goods purveyor will contact the manufacturer and import it. I certainly know people all over the world could use this. Another great Made-in-Japan product. Thanks, Naomi!