Under A Fiver: Industrial Facility 17.12.09

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We asked designers Sam Hecht and Kim Colin - Industrial Faciluity - to delve into their collection of cheak things. In the latest in the series, the peel - or is it wash? - a potato with a special pair of gloves

And then along came a different way of seeing things ... that's what faced us with this strange piece for Under a Fiver on a trip to Japan last month. Sometimes you just see things that impress because they embody a different way of looking at the world and the everyday – in this case a pair of gloves for scrubbing potatoes and assorted root vegetables. We almost didn't buy the gloves because at first they seemed just about novelty, but we spotted them in a small and respectable cookshop. The owner convinced us with his expertise by saying that he uses them because potato skin is merely a cover, and peelers take too much of the potato off.

The gloves themselves are a kind of radioactive-coloured orange, with a texture that's as gritty as the roughest sandpaper. As you wash the potato, you rub it vigorously between the two gloves, and within a short time the skin of the potato falls away. It's not as quick as a traditional blade peeler, but the position it takes in terms of what we could consider a peeled potato generates a kind of curious optimism. You're essentially aggressively washing rather than peeling a potato, so there's almost no wastage. Nutritionally it's better, and inevitably there's more potato to eat.

Wearing a tool on the hand instead of holding one ... now that's a conclusion we'd not normally draw.

www.industrialfacility.co.uk

 

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Sam Hecht and Kim Colin

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Sometimes you just see things that impress because they embody a different way of looking at the world and the everyday – in this case a pair of gloves for scrubbing potatoes and assorted root vegetables

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