Course: Three Dimensional Product Design 1
Instructor: Sinclair Smith Scott
Done at School of Visual Arts, NYC

An attempt to redesign a sleeker set of an often ignored culinary tools, the tongs.
Tongs are a culinary tool designed for the simple function of gripping and lifting food. They are usually used in cases where you do not want to handle it with your hands, such as breading fish fillet, pulling fried chicken out of hot oil, or oddly shaped foods such as lettuce or even pasta which are difficult to pick up. Over the years their shape has been transformed only to better suit specific food items. 
"Tongs are seen as pretty ignored in the world of culinary tools, and the aim was to elevate one’s everyday design experience with a simple play of curves."

So for this project, I chose wire as a medium to explore how the simple function of gripping and lifting food changes every addition or subtraction of every slight curve.
This pair of the tongs was derived from a sculpture modeling exercise with three different mediums, blue foam, chip board and wire, all combined together. The initial three sculptures which led this product had a strong sense of directionality and small volumes and interjecting planes. In the first prototype of this product, I focused more on the functionality and ended up having all the designs lying on the same plane. So the next few attempts focused on bringing back that directionality, while maintaining the functionality of it. After arriving on the desired shape of the main component, the wire, I focussed on having a smoother infusion between the wire and the volumes, which housed the main function. The plane was placed strategically to provide a better distribution of pressure when using the product. 
Throughout the project, I found myself going back to Alexander Calder’s work from our visit to Museum of Modern Art, New York, last month, which was also the source of inspiration for the initial sculptures.
Over the course of this class and project, I have gotten very comfortable with working with wires, a medium I was very apprehensive about before this class. After many many sketch models, I learnt how a simple line can be interpreted as either a closed or open shape with just slight changes in the curves, which lends a lot of dynamicity to this often underutilised medium. 

I faced two major challenges while working on this project. The first was to create smoother curves, without any kinks or unintentional indentations. I realised working with hands, instead of pliers, provided greater control. The second was to interpret and build onto the product in 2D, since wire is indicated as just a line on paper. These challenges pushed me to take some time to just practice my hand skills to see them through.
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