ERGO™ digging tools

This tool design came with many limitations in terms of manufacturing technology. Furthermore, such tools belong to a group of products, in which “everything has been done already”. Since our work in each design process centres on giving products unique features, ones not purely related to aesthetics, the challenge was to find values not offered by the competition. Before we started the concept phase, we had conducted observations of digging tool users, and noticed that everyone has their own way of handling them and their own preferences. Therefore, one of our goals was to design a handle that can be gripped in many different ways. The garden forks deserve particular attention, as they come with footplates (which facilitate driving into the soil). Until now, spades were the only competing products featuring such a solution. Both the manufacturer and us sought to ensure high durability of the products. We designed metal footplates for the forks and spades in such a way that they form an integral part of the head. They’re not added-on (e.g. plastic) parts. This way, we made the footplates more durable and reduced production costs (which also impacts the price for the end user).

year: 2016
manufacturer: Cellfast
design: KABO & PYDO design studio
design team: Tomasz Pydo, Katarzyna Borkowska, Olga Szymańska
co-operation: Cellfast’s constructors team
photos: Wojtek Woźniak
Available for purchase online, for example in the Cellfast store, or in OBI DIY stores.
– Must Have 2016


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