SIMPLE SHAPE'S 14-DAY HOLIDAY GUIDE / day 05

DAY FIVE: 'The Tricky Customer' - give them concrete

This is the fifth day of our seasonal guide. And we have THE gift for 'The Tricky Customer'. We all have one person (sometimes more!) who is more challenging to buy for than all the rest. This is the person that you really care about but they're very specific, they have a clear (occassioanly secret) aesthetic, they don't collect 'stuff' and they expect the things they own to work hard for their place in the house. What do you give these people?

Step this way ORIGAMI CONCRETE TRIVET.

 Joining the fold; brand new on the Simple Shape site the  Origami Concrete Trivet , £50

Joining the fold; brand new on the Simple Shape site the Origami Concrete Trivet, £50

The Origami Concrete Trivet, made by Havelock Studio in Kent, is totally brand new in the Simple Shape collection and it is an excellent addition. This piece is made of unforgiving grey concrete but the stark solidity of the material is an integral part of it's beauty.

 Profile piece; the trivet looks good from every angle

Profile piece; the trivet looks good from every angle

 Dramatic landscape; petal like 'folds' somehow lend a softness to the graphic shape

Dramatic landscape; petal like 'folds' somehow lend a softness to the graphic shape

Taking reference from origami the surface appears to be delicately folded and light and shade play across the rise and fall of the 'folds'. The concrete is tough enough to take the heat from pots and pans and it's cork base protects your table from scratches too. The regularity of the mold-making process ensures there is a exactness to each piece yet the fluidity of concrete ensures that no two pieces will be identical.

As I said, this really is the greatest gift for The Tricky Customer. Bold, beautiful, useful.

 Rest here a while; the concrete trivet has a cork base to protect your table when it's holding your pots & pans

Rest here a while; the concrete trivet has a cork base to protect your table when it's holding your pots & pans