Flume

Folding Draining Mat - Joseph Joseph 2015

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Flume

The Joseph Joseph Flume was an exercise in simple innovation in a long-standing product. By…

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The Joseph Joseph Flume was an exercise in simple innovation in a long-standing product. By thoroughly exploring how a draining mat is used, Studio17 saw an opportunity to make to process of emptying water more manageable.

Shallow draining mats store a small amount of water from drying glasses, bowls and cutlery, but flexible rubber mats can be tricky to drain back to the sink. Without extra parts or material, and sensitive to commercial restraints, Flume is diagonally surfaced down towards the middle. Ribs channel water towards the centre, but also provide strength where needed – allowing the mat to fold, channelling water back into the sink.

Moulded in TPE, the product is stiff enough to retain its shape but flexible enough to fold in the centre, and protect glasses and crockery from chips.

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The Joseph Joseph Flume was an exercise in simple innovation in a long-standing product. By thoroughly exploring how a draining mat is used, Studio17 saw an opportunity to make to process of emptying water more manageable.

Shallow draining mats store a small amount of water from drying glasses, bowls and cutlery, but flexible rubber mats can be tricky to drain back to the sink. Without extra parts or material, and sensitive to commercial restraints, Flume is diagonally surfaced down towards the middle. Ribs channel water towards the centre, but also provide strength where needed – allowing the mat to fold, channelling water back into the sink.

Moulded in TPE, the product is stiff enough to retain its shape but flexible enough to fold in the centre, and protect glasses and crockery from chips.

Flume
Flume

The diagonal surfacing and the need to channel water to the centre from any area of the mat naturally resulted in a decaying rib pattern. Subtly radiused rib ends hint at the direction of water flow. The intersection of the ribs and sloping surface create a decaying shadow effect, which changes with the light.

Discrete funnelled corners and small lift tabs don’t impose themselves on the main function product – but simply exist when needed.

Available in green and grey and sold worldwide.

Original product designed in 2010. Updated in 2015 to include two sizes

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