For nomophobics everywhere... detox with a Pearl Dish

For nomophobics everywhere... detox with a Pearl Dish

If family meals have gone to the dogs because your teens can't avert their eyes from their mobile phones even as they chew, well, you might like to invest in a Pearl Dish. This lidded vessel could well take on totemic qualities as an enabler of real communication

By Hari Alexander

Are you a nomophobic? are your kids suffering from nomophobia? If it's a new word to you, nomophobics can't function without a mobile phone in their hand.. so yes, vast swathes of us are sufferers. And one way to alleviate the symptoms is to get those darned phones out of sight during social occasions. Hence the new Pearl Dish collection fom Craft Design House in Edinburgh.

Yes a lidded saucepan could work. So could a large Tupperware container or a small bucket. But none is very beautiful and they wouldn't become synonymous with human contact, which is what the Pearl Dish series from Edinburgh's Craft Design House is all about.

The team wanted to make a beautiful object from different materials (wood, glass, ceramic) that could hide away that scourge of conversation, the mobile phone, when we get together; so instead of leaving them vibrating away in our pockets or handbags, they're out of sight and touch and so hopefully, at least for a while, out of mind.

Gillian Scott, CEO and founder of Craft Design House, says our lives are dominated by technology and we need to make a conscious effort to uncouple from it: 'A Pearl Dish gives us a place to round up, park or put a lid on our technology and creates the space we need to listen and converse away from its glare and interruption. It is designed to encourage face-to-face interaction.'
 
She and her team have commissioned designers and makers across a wide variety of disciplines to interpret the Pearl Dish in their own materials and style. 'Just as every pearl is unique so is every Pearl Dish with many taking an innovative multi-functional design which can be turned over and also used as a bowl.'
 
Each Pearl Dish is unique and hand-made to order (lead-times vary from one to five weeks) and is available in two sizes: small (23cm diameter) and large (from 28cm diameter).
 
Pearl Dish prices range from £110 to £390 and an Essentials collection is also planned, with prices around £50.
 

 

 

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