Carafe with a chopped spout
by Michael Schoner


These metal carafes by Amsterdam-based designer Michael Schoner look as if they have been chopped to create a spout (+ slideshow).

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

Prototyped and welded in Istanbul by local craftsmen, Schoner's Chop Carafe features an angular spout that sits at a 30-degree angle to the main body of the carafe.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

Schoner told Dezeen about working with small Turkish manufacturers: "Handcraft in Turkey is affordable and little workshops are very willing to work together."

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

The carafes are cut from industrial aluminium pieces with circular or rectangular profiles.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

A section is removed to create an edge for attaching the spout, which welded on along with a base and a piece to fill the remaining gap to create the final shape.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

The welded joints are smoothed out and the product is coated for use with liquids such as wine, water or juices.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

The rectangle-shaped design comes in two versions for right and left-handed use, depending on which corner the spout is attached. Photography is by the designer.

Here is some more information from Schoner:

Chop Carafe

The Chop Carafe is based on the observation that if one takes a volume it can be cut in and fold it out to create a snout. The carafes are made from standard aluminium profiles as used in the building industry. The profiles are cut in and a segment is removed. Adding a bottom- and a “V” shaped plate the parts are then welded together into the final shape.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

After grinding and pearling they are anodised and coated against fruit acids. The carafes hold between 0,7 to 1,0 litres and are made for liquids like wine, water or juices. There are three different basic shapes based on round, square and rectangular aluminium profiles.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

The spout folds out 30 degrees. Since on the square and rectangular carafe they fold out diagonally one ends up with an either left-handed or right-handed version. The project was born out of a foam-cutter logic that is often used in contemporary architecture and with a CNC pipe-cutter in mind. From first idea to status quo two years have passed.

Chop Carafe by Michael Schoner

First tryouts where done in Amsterdam, but on a trip to Istanbul the prototyping was solved in an pleasant ad-hoc mentality of local craftsmen in September 2012. In a team play between a local profile shop, a work-shop specialised in cutting and a old local welder in the district of Çağlayan, all found at the local bar, the prototypes were ready within 24 hours.

  • pipo

    Nice product and nice story behind it!

  • mlk

    1. Aluminium (even coated) + food products = very bad material decision. 2. Cleaning carafe corners after using wine or juice seems impossible. So it looks like a fine decorative design, not usable everyday.

  • michael

    True – got there as well. Second series will most likely be tin coated copper.

  • Post

    Ever heard of the SIGG-bottle? They have worked fine for hundreds of years (or so). And let the dishwasher do the cleaning, it has tiny hands to even reach the tiny corners. I want one. Where can I get it?

    • mlk

      Sigg bottle inner is sprayed with a food-compatible stove ENAMEL. I remember my grandfather using aluminium bottle and spoon, but they gone to history not just because. Also, if these Chop carafe will be sold with a dishwasher, then okay. Although dishwasher is not some magical device, as you may think :)

  • Stophorous

    I like the shape very much, but the rest should be solved differently, according to me. I would suggest ceramics.

  • yeahman

    Looks like a cool bong!