At first sight, you do not immediately think of a corkscrew when you look at this rounded wine ball – and the unique design embodies much more than that, too. The round ball houses a corkscrew, wine-bottle stopper, bottle opener and foil cutter. The wine ball was designed by Eva Harlou, an acclaimed architect, and the rounded shape offers a unique, playful twist on minimalist styling. Its dynamic design and unique shape make it interesting and attractive to leave lying around, and it fits in with the styling of any home. The wine ball is an ideal gift for the wine connoisseur, as the finishing touch to the ultimate well-stocked wine toolbox.
As Eva Harlou states, ”I wanted to create a wine set that would be a natural, modern step to follow Rosendahl’s well known wine set from the 1990s, with its clear, geometrical shapes in steel and black rubber. At the same time, I wanted the new wine set to have its own, unique design. The idea, too, was to create a product that contributes to the table setting’s aesthetic, and which you want to have on display – in essence, anywhere in the home. A wine set whose elements – cork screw, foil cutter, wine pourer and opener – are easy to manage. An active product which, in addition to being functional, high-quality and beautiful, is a conversation-starter, as well as something you just want to pick up and hold.
Furthermore, I wanted to create a product that could be part of a series – for the sake of beauty when designing a living space, and because it’s so nice to have something to collect and to wish for. The Wine Ball became the natural solution to all of these aims. The Ball is just that type of complete creation that’s pleasant to look at and to touch. It radiates calm – and it has all these little surprises when you open it. I really like that.”
After graduating from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2003, Eva Harlou found herself playing a key role at Copenhagen architects 3XN, where she managed competition entries and gained a vital understanding of how the architecture world functions. After working on potential schemes all over Europe, she set up her own studio in 2006, focusing on small-scale residential work as well as giant master plans with the ambition of working on every aspect of the built environment. In Harlou’s mind architecture is both handcraft and art. Most of all architecture frames human life. With architecture comes a great responsibility of trying to understand the human nature.
Her philosophy is that architecture has to be both functional, durable and beautiful. Furthermore she finds it very important that architecture reveals a clear and understandable concept – tells a simple story. Eva Harlou doesn’t believe that “less is more,” but she enjoys when simple and beautiful geometrical shapes solve all challenges in a project. Architecture doesn’t have to be difficult and innovative architecture doesn’t have to look like something exploded. Especially Eva Harlou’s housing-projects have lately drawn a lot of attention. The architecture projects are innovative, genuine and very recognizable with her interpretation of classical geometrical shapes.
In 2014 Eva Harlou also started working in a smaller scale – designing for instance kitchenware, lamps and furniture, and she has an ongoing collaboration with companies such as Rosendahl Design Group A/S and Mater A/S.
Rosendahl represents beautiful, functional and classic design that is easy to relate to. It is our ambition to create products where it’s not just the design that is interesting, but the story behind it, too. We focus on innovation in the choice of materials, contrasts, surfaces, and the style remains true to Rosendahl’s design philosophy of making every day beautiful. We create new stories, both in our in-house design department and through external architects, artists and designers, each of whom contributes their personal style and touch to the unique Rosendahl universe.
Ever since 1984, the Rosendahl Copenhagen brand has been associated with practical, clean-cut design at a reasonable price. Our design philosophy is to create design products that become accessible utility items not reserved for special occasions only. On the contrary, we want them to become an integral part of a more beautiful everyday life. This demands high quality at a sensible price.