one of the projects that spoke to me during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last October, was Preserved Knowledge by Cleo Maxime. Maxime interviewed elderly people about how they preserved their food when refrigerators were not yet available. These talks resulted in objects that allow us to store food in a different way then is now common, but most importantly in a way that preserves our food better than the refrigerator does.
The glass object for instance is made to keep the other half of the lemon that is usually kept in the fridge fresh. A few drops of vinegar are all that is needed to prevent the lemon from drying out. Simply poor the vinegar onto the glass and place the lemon on top. No need to put it in the fridge. When you are ready to use your lemon it will be as fresh as when you bought it.
Apples are best kept next to each other, not on top of each other. This way you prevent the rotting proces jumping from one apple to the other. So Maxime made a beautiful tray that gives apples enough room to ripe in their own time.
What I like about Preserved Knowledge is the simplicity of it. The products are simple, yet very functional and they have a timeless design. There is no build in technology so if the quality of the materials used is good, these products can last a lifetime. Preserved Knowledge is proving that knowledge that some might consider outdated is worth it of being preserved.