What does a bottle opener mean to you?
A practical tool? The key to your weekend delights?
No. 30 – an independent brand for homeware design pieces founded in Taiwan – introduces a sentimental facet to bottle openers by simply cheering “Ganbei!” (“Cheers” in Mandarin or Japanese).
Tracing its root to Mid Changhua, Taiwan, no. 30 started off as an OEM for zinc metal processing in the 1970s. 30 is the number of Zinc metal in the periodic table, which is what the family business was experienced with for centuries. With years of skills running their family factory for long and the enthusiasm for innovations, the founders of the factory reached out for opportunities to design and start their own brand.
The owner of the factory, Mr. Chang, at the age of 70, has been a very creative person. His daughter/Director of no.30, Danielle described him as a very imaginative individual. The father-and-daughter business combining their unparalleled workmanship and business view, started no.30 and kept striving for success. It is all because of their passion for life and the unbreakable bond within their own family – which includes their own crew of skillful workers at the factory.
Since 2013, no. 30 set the goal of introducing zinc alloys to the global market of interior design and home decor. In the modern world of mass production, wastage and lack of mindfulness for consumer products have been prevalent, which is a pity for ones to lose the emotion development with homewares. Danielle mentioned that the team wants to remind the market of durable yet aesthetically pleasant designs that builds emotional connections with users.
“We want to create something with excellent quality and timeless design so that the product can stand with consumers for a long period of time – this is a sentiment that we value between users and products.” – Danielle Chang, Director of no.30.
The “Ganbei” Bottle Opener, the ultimate blend of aesthetics and practicality, is a timeless design that brings the ordinary kitchen gadget to a whole new level. Made with zinc alloys and stainless steel, it has a special detailed pebble-like matte coating on its surface, giving it a comforting touch.
Danielle shared that designers originally aimed for a metallic finishing, however, one of their factory technicians discovered that a matte coating would add a humorous touch to the piece while creating several prototypes. This is how “Ganbei” gained its final look – out of team effort and creativity.
Moreover, its clever structure allows users to open a bottle in any direction or angle, the structural formation has gone through three times changes and uncountable testings to ensure its safety and durability.
Being unique, timeless and practical, “Ganbei” Bottle Opener has won the Red Dot Design Award in 2015. Such a smart yet subtle aesthetic would certainly be a delight at any point of your nightly routine.
Most importantly, to raise a process of mindfulness when using a product, as they are often the emotional connection with our bits of life, which would last for decades.
Learn more about no.30 here
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