Wednesday 17 November 2010

I is for Inventor - Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday - I

Photo Copyright Christina Wigren

Here with the children, Erik and Elisabet, is a picture of Forse Gnista (born June 18th, 1932), artist, allround designer, interior architect/designer, industrial designer, inventor and one of the best friends we have. This photo was taken around the time of Elisabet's sixth birthday in May of this year (2010).

Photos Copyright Christina Wigren / Design Copyright Forsse Gnista

Why am I showing a photo of Forse Gnista? This is because I am linking to Mrs. Jenny Matlock's Alphabe-Thursday, Round 2, and this week's letter is 'I'. My I-words are inventor, inventive, invention and invent. Forse Gnista is an amazing inventor.

Photos Copyright Christina Wigren / Design Copyright Forsse Gnista

One of Forse's many designs/inventions is a plastic stackable cup with a unique hook-like handle, which he designed by first carving it out of wood with a lathe!

Photos Copyright Christina Wigren / Design Copyright Forsse Gnista

This cup has been around since it first came on the market in the 1950s and is still sold and used today everywhere in Sweden.

Photos Copyright Christina Wigren / Design Copyright Forsse Gnista

It is an everyday item that most people use without giving it much thought. But it is truly a wonderful and elegant invention. (Other related I-words are innovation, innovative, ingenious and intuitive.)
Best wishes,

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Jenny Matlock


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Mary said...

What a cute little cup...I've never seen these. Amazing that he carved it out of wood first :-)

JDaniel4's Mom said...

This would be great for JDaniel. I bet the wooden one is an amazing work of art.

EG Wow said...

I like the bright colours! Neat invention.

edenhills said...

That is such a great invention!


Ann said...

what a unique design that is for the cup. that would make for a much neater cupboard.

Judie said...

What a great invention? Are they only available in Sweden?

Lola said...

Love the bright colours - are they only available in Sweden?

XOXO Lola:)

myorii said...

That is so cool! Wow, I think it's really neat to know someone who is an amazing and creative inventor. Those are fun looking cups and very unique! Lucky you for know the guy who invented it!

Tracy said...

how wonderful to know a designer love the cups

Summer Rain said...

That's creative, love your inventions.
keep it up.

Sandra Rose Hughes said...

How interesting. I have seen these cups before, but never gave them a second thought. I like hearing the history of things.

Petula Wright said...

That cup is really cool! What a fab entry for I.

Terra said...

Very cool post and invention. Not sure we have those here...maybe. But still, very cool.

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Inventive post!

I've never seen those cups, but they are pretty cute with all those great colors.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, I am sending a little prayer for you today and a hug...hang in there sweetie!

Sue said...

I would love to see the original wooden cup. These colorful ones are wonderful. And how nice to be able to stack them!


Pondside said...

Like so many things that appear simple and child like, this cup design must have taken incredible thought and work.

Jenny said...

Anna, what a fascinating stop on our little journey through Alphabe-Thursday's letter "I"!

I had to laugh at your daughter in her birthday picture. She looked quite disinterested in her cake (which was lovely, BTW!)

Those cups are really something! I love how clean, yet elegant, the lines are.

Thanks for linking.

I always enjoy visiting you.


BEAR's Mom said...

just catching up here on sunday
i've seen this cup and it's very clever
elisabet looks so bored :)
have a great week


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