Join by Ding3000


Join by DING3000

This plastic cutlery that clips together to form little sculptures at the dinner table is by German design studio ding3000.

Join by DING3000

Called Join, the pieces have little sections cut out in the middle, which allow them to slot into each other.

Join by DING3000

The cutlery comes in a variety of colours.

Join by DING3000

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Join by DING3000

Here's a bit of text from the designers:

JOIN by DING3000

Cutlery turns into cover. JOIN is more than simply knife, fork or spoon. It is a decoration for the table. The magic joining mechanism fascinates everybody. But not everybody will manage at once to transform the little sculpture into cutlery. A little skill and a good eye is necessary.

Join by DING3000

But do not worry – up to now nobody starved when unravelling the magic knot. Many times a meal grew cold because the cutlery itself, made of long life high-tech plastic material, was simply too fascinating. You should book JOIN a place at your table.

Join by DING3000

The cutlery was developed in co-operation with BASF. Awarded with the “design plus award” and the “interior innovation award” of the imm cologne

Join by DING3000

Design: DING3000, Hanover, Germany
Year of Design: 2010
Country of Origin: Germany

Join by DING3000

Material: Ultramid ®
Colours: white, black, purple, pink, green, light blue, dark blue, yellow
Length: 205 mm
Weight: 32 g

Producer: Konstantin Slawinski housewarming objects

See also:


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Posted on Wednesday February 16th 2011 at 12:50 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • jonas

    As for presentation it looks really nice. But i have my doubts about the actual use because it seems to be so fragile around the middle. Especially the fork seems to break in the middle quite easily. But i can be wrong since i don't know the material. So in that cause i can't tell if the knife is sharp either… Let's say I'm sceptic about this work.

  • christopher

    The material is really high tech and it does not break easily. It is called ULTRAMID@ and is made by BASF.

  • I.P. Freely

    Considering that the cutlery was awarded with the Design Plus Award, I am certain that any concern of functionality is eliminated. Innovation of design overall, which includes processing techniques and overall superior quality of the product is what leads to the award. I find it odd that BASF was used for this project, though. They have a reputation for appealing anti-polllution laws globally. I have to admit this product is very nice, though. Dunno…thoughts, anybody?

  • Nico

    So you're supposed to use plastic cutlery when you have friends around for dinner ? However it looks, whatever it does, at the end it's plastic cutlery. Who wants to use plastic cutlery at home ?
    I am impressed by the amount of energy put in a such a project, though.

    • felix

      maybe use your other cutlery for your friends who are snobs and the rest of us can enjoy fun things

  • Col Mustard

    Pretty pointless really! "little sculptures at the dinner table" – is this really what designers have reduced themselves to?

  • Harimau

    Way to be narrow-minded there Nico. These aren't disposable plastic spoons you buy from the supermarket.

  • Diego

    I really look forward to this on my next flight!!
    This sounds more like a platform to promote Ultramid via BASF. So Im rather skeptical.
    Who is going to use this at home, catering market or kiddy parties?? Whats the marketing aim and perception here, maybe then I'll understand why before I may criticise further.

    Before anyone judges, it is vital to know what the brief intention was!

    Plastic cutlery in my expererience is almost always either disposable with light frame possible or cosmetic for company thats wants own aesthetic & exclusivity. I don't see this going via Guzzini or Alessi unless othertherwise…

  • Razor

    I suspect the joining technique could be utilised in better ways than for a knife, fork and spoon – perhaps table or stool legs for flat pack furniture?

  • amsam

    I think these are adorable and whimsical– but I agree with the folks who feel like they would be more saleable if they weren't plastic. I wonder if they would work in metal, or does the joining mechanism require a bit of flexibility? Think how beautiful those tripods would be in stainless!

  • Looks fantastic. Though I agree plastic cutlery has a stigma, I can imagine them in trendy bohemian eateries & on airlines. Makes the experience of eating a bit more fun and that can't be a bad thing.