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Item of the Day: Krenit Bowls

In 1953, Danish engineer Herbert Krenchel designed the soon-to-be-iconic Krenit bowl. The name Krenit is a combination of his name, Krenchel, and eternit (Danish for enamel). Sleek and simple, the thin-edged bowl has a distinct design with striking colour use: matt black outside and clear colors inside. Up until production was stopped in 1966, over 1 million of the award-winning bowls were produced. Until recently, fans had to scour flea markets and auctions to get their hands on original Krenit bowls. However, Danish design company Normann Copenhagen has now partnered with Krenchel to recreate the iconic bowl, this time using melamine. 'As the production stopped in 1966, it was natural to turn to melamine, which is a hard plastic of extraordinary high quality,' explains Krenchel. 'The Krenit Salad Bowl in melamine is, in my opinion, a great bowl with the same qualities as the enamel Krenit Bowl.' Same qualities, perhaps, but now the bowls come in even more sizes and colours, including both black and white exterior finishes. Now that's the kind of news that just bowls us over... The Krenit Bowls are available from Tonic Design in Joburg, 011-327-2028 and prices range from R170 to R1 385.