q.b. by Anna Perugini for Ichendorf Milano
q.b. stands for quanto basta (Italian for ‘as needed’, a common unit of measure habitually used in cookery books and recipes). This project reflects on the significance of objects as cultural conduits; the concept was designed during a workshop to stimulate the connection between design, territory and local products. Italian cuisine is internationally known for both its genuine ingredients and its simple recipes consisting of spontaneous yet precise gestures and measures. In that sense, it can be argued that the act of cooking is expressed through its own language, made up of pinches, sprinkles and splashes, which is passed on within families from one generation to another. q.b. is an oil and vinegar cruet in borosilicate glass. It is designed to be a material manifestation that conveys this language, its cultural connotations and the stories of a territory. Each ampoule is handmade. The cap, designed as a dispenser, contains a spoon of oil or a teaspoon of vinegar. When the dispenser is inside the ampoule, simply place the index finger on the hole to create a vacuum that traps the liquid. To release it, just lift the finger and the liquid will flow allowing the user to season the dishes with the ideal amount of condiment.