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2012 Best in Category: Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware

Black + Blum

Lunch Pot

Best in Category in Tableware, Serveware & Beverageware at the 2012 Housewares Design Awards, Black + Blum's lunch pot lends a design- driven on-the-go solution for carrying liquid breakfast and lunch foods, such as oatmeal or porridge, soups or stews, noted Dan Black, co-founder of Black + Blum. It is the third product in the company's lunch range, which includes its box appetit and bento box products.

Designs for Black + Blum "always has to start with function, function and excitement. It has to be a product that we are personally excited about," said Black.

"When we looked at the market, it seemed as though children got fun lunch containers but the adult got the ugly food containers," said Black. "It is so economical, in terms of the savings you gain, by making your own lunch, and you can have portion control. We want to encourage people to take their food to work. The biggest factor also is the environment and the amount of waste from packaging that is not biodegradable."

The lunch pot is made up of two self-contained pots, both with watertight screw top lids featuring the most minimal thread detail, making it easy to drink from and easy to clean, he said. The lunch pot design's shape allows the bottom half to sit within the top half when both containers are empty and has a friction strap that allows the user to tighten and lock both pieces together for easy and compact carrying. It also features a spork that fits into the strap. "Out of all of our lunch box products, it is the most versatile, it can be used for apple and orange juice, breakfast or lunch, and it's even good for urban living or camping," said Black.

When the top of the vessel is screwed on, "it will be absolutely leakproof. You can put your soup in it or cereal with milk and you can throw it in your handbag," according to Black.

Black + Blum's choice in materials gives the product an elevated look. For example, there's a seashell additive to the polypropylene that gives it a ceramic feel, and the clear lid is made of Eastman Tritan copolyester, which gives it the look of glass but without the fragility or weight. The Tritan is a better material for avoiding scratches and the lunch pot is both dishwasher and microwave safe. The smaller pot has a capacity of 10 fluid ounces, while the larger pot can hold 18.5 fluid ounces.

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