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Fogo - removable handles for people with arthritis

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We make lots of complex operations in the kithcen which sequences must be very precisely coordinated in a fairly dangerous environment – hot oven, sizzling frying pan etc. In such a complicated ambience like the kitchen we need simple tools and usability. Hence when I designed the removable handles my aim was that the instruments must be as simple as possible but not simpler.
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  • A handle of a frying pan is not just a stick. It’s an elongation of our hand which makes us possible to grab and control an extremely hot object. Actually I consider it as a plier that is an integral part of our hands during cooking and only should connect to the pan when we want to move it or shake it. You can cook more comfortable and safe as there are no protruding sticks while the pans are sizzling on the stove.
  • The black clip fixes the handle when you close it. It’s made of the same material but different color – it can be produced by multicomponent injection molding. The clip style of the handles provides plenty of space for water and detergent to spray, splatter and clean (in the sink or the, ahem, washer).
  • The handles are made of a special kind of refractory silicone material that can handle 300-400 Celsius, so you could even put it in the oven by accident without incident.
  • People with limited use of their hands – e.g. people with arthritis – could use two of these handles on one pan, thereby shifting the weight of the cooking pan to their forearms so they can rely on arm strength, rather than hand strength.
  • The deep finger grooves and lengthy side plate should keep fingers cool and happy.
  • Fogo has been published in Creative Product Design /SendPoints/ in 2013
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