Dish Drainer Geo by Jorre van Ast


Designer Jorre van Ast of London has designed a dish drainer based on geographical contour lines for Royal VKB.

Called Dish Drainer Geo, the gentle change in levels forces the water to drain off.

See a previous dezeen story about Jorre van Ast:

Jar Tops by Jorre van Ast

Here is some more information from Royal VKB:

Dish Drainer Geo

The Dish Drainer Geo has been designed to drain small amount of washing-up. The subtle height differences in the design will ensure that the water will drain off. The Dish Drainer Geo means it is no longer necessary to use a large dish drainer which is awkward to store.

The Dish Drainer Geo is flat and takes up very little space. It can be put away if required, but that really isn’t necessary because its design, inspired by geographical contour lines, ensures that it fades harmoniously into every interior. The Dish Drainer Geo is available in the colours of warm grey (mountains) and blue (oceans).

Royal VKB

Royal VKB is the latest brand of the Dutch company, Koninklijke Van Kempen & Begeer. Founded in 1789, Koninklijke Van Kempen &
Begeer has made history with durable stainless steel products and timeless silverware. Product development has always concentrated
on solutions for modern man and his times. Royal VKB has developed extraordinary and functional products in cooperation with outstanding Dutch designers.

They approach the modern international consumer with an open mind for smart products. So the trick is in the thinking: “Thoughts for Food”.

Royal VKB has grown expansively since its launch in 2005. The products are available in numerous countries throughout the world and have won many prestigious international design awards.

Posted on Monday February 22nd 2010 at 4:02 pm by Antonia Anastasiadi. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • george

    brilliantly simple idea, i want one.

  • Murve

    see now this I like but i think its is kidda pointless as who just washes up two plates and 3 cups you are going to get to a situation where you make a massive tower with is very unstable due to the layer base. You need to add a frame to the piece to hold plates upright. Other then that the idea is smart.

  • Capstick

    Visually, I like it so much. But for common people like me, is very unpractical.

  • shawn

    i think it is gimmicky. it’s not really focused on the solution. the explanation is trying to justify the aesthetic choice.

    whatever happened to true, meaningful design?

  • Rag

    Surely everything on the lower layers of dishes just stay wet because of those above. This isn’t good design in my books. Just looks kinda nice.

  • KaptnK

    really nice. good for students, not much stuff to dry and easy to store rack.

  • Xit

    Can’t quite understand why this exists (practicality?) and the link between geography and dishdraining. ?

  • the power of simplicity…..

  • mil

    Is this an unfuntional thing, can you put more than four plates?

  • yoyo

    Tis for individuals who don’t cook and eat alone.

  • jovel

    better to frame it and hang on the wall.. nice topo design for model house base

  • nico

    i agree about the impracticality of this. having lived the college life i can say that never did i have just this many dishes to drain

  • nico

    maybe if it was inverted and sitting on some stand to give it a dish effect?

  • jed_

    “and the link between geography and dishdraining. ?”

    well said Xit. i actually find this hysterical.

  • Great idea and nice design!! I’ve always got something to wash up and this always happens on the moments when my dishwasher is full and running…. This would just be the solution for me, also easy to store compared to other huge racks! Does anybody know where i can find it ??

  • christina

    This idea is excellent! Especially for my few kitchen items that needs a hand wash. Or when my dishwasher is full and I still want to finish the last dishes. Also great geographic illustration; it looks almost like a rice field!

  • geography magazine

    Water runs down the hills and mountains though rivers to bigger rivers and then the sea. What’s not to understand? A perfect poetry for dish draining, and for those of us who take pleasure in the small and everyday tasks!

  • part-time geek

    I really like the concept. Water drains naturally in hills and mountains, makes me think of streams, well said Geo mag my thoughts exactly, guess you could get some interesting water movement on this drainer (not that i have studied water movement from draining dishes before)

    I hate people that just go on about how practical things are…this idea has legs, I would love a whole hillside kitchen surface, the hills to dry, plains for food prep, valley and lake for washing…too far?

    nice visuals, SB.

  • We have seen the drainer @ambiente Frankfurt. Great functionality combined with good design – a rare combination!

  • Hershey

    To the geo-fans, glad to see you found your dream dish drainer, i’m still waiting something more useful.

  • Phil

    Looks very nice, poetic approach to such a dull task as washing dishes! :-)
    Seems to take very little dishes to drain, which is a pity, otherwise I like it.
    I guess if you only have as many plates, cups etc to drain as fit on this tray, then you can just as well dry them with a towel right away…

    One solution for draining dishes I’d prefer comes from black+blum in London:

  • Sergi

    Nice idea. It improves other kind of similar objects.

  • Kwhit

    Been using this for years and love it. I use it for pots and non-dishwasher items. I love that it easily stores under the sink. It does not swallow up counter space when left out.

    It keeps water from flowing off my concrete counters, and blends in with them. It is a perfect solution for me.