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Gopnik's Daily Pic: The ultimate watering can?

By Blake Gopnik

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(Courtesy Born in Sweden)

A watering can designed by Patric Charmolu, a Frenchman based in Stockholm who helped found the design firm Born in Sweden. His can may look too slick and modern for its own good, but it is a rare case where function genuinely dictates form: an unadorned steel tube to hold the water and a rubber hose to deliver it, with a magnet to hold hose to tube when not in use. It stores in less space than any other can; it delivers water where you want it; it's easy to control the flow; it fits under the tap. It could set the future evolution of this entire object type. How many designs achieve as much?

By Blake Gopnik  | October 19, 2010; 8:48 AM ET
Categories:  Blake Gopnik, Design  | Tags:  Daily Pic  
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