Sunday, October 25, 2015

Round Pegs, Square Holes


I was cleaning off a kitchen shelf. I like open concept shelving. Things in jars can be akin to works of art: beans, coconut flakes, almonds, apricots, dried cranberries.

When it suddenly struck me that the designs of jars are to be so far wrong as to be ludicrous.

Walls and shelves are at right angles. Fridges are rectangular. Cupboards are square or rectangular. Jars are usually round. This design makes for an appalling waste of space. Everywhere.

I don't know why in all my born days I haven't drawn this conclusion before.

I just blindly accepted the antagonistic relationship of containers and their nemesis, the shelves they sit upon.

Think also of spice jars. And tins.

Shouldn't all containers be square?

Or is this crazy old lady ready for the bat-wing?

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  1. I agree...
    I am taking the glass doors off of cabinets where I store dishes and glasses
    Continually cleaning glass
    I love dishes and glass ware
    Want to look at it without opening door.
    7 years ago wish I had designed open shelves.
    But still can change somewhat :)

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  2. Stuff might get stuck in the corners of square containers?
    The older I get the more I love a working kitchen, as opposed to a pristine one. I want to be able to reach and get what I need.

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    1. Me too Diane, mine used to be an old scullery so small but everything is within reach and I have loads of counter space. I have some square containers and nothing gets stuck. Probably more expensive to make. I'm going on a hunt in thrift stores to replace all my round ones :)

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  3. I think you are 100% correct. Square containers would be better space wise. I'm not sure how easy they would be to produce out of glass, though. :)

    The same could be said for cups, mugs, plates.. and bowls though a square bowl might seem weird.

    I've got to clean out my cupboards this week, it is getting impossible to find anything in there.. :)

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    1. I do have a few square glass containers already purchased at flea markets so must go on a quest for others.
      Square cups- love the thought 😊

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  4. I think that you deserve a nobel prize for that thought. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JNSpMhJLvg

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  5. square watermelon Ramana =- next thing it'll be square tomatoes and oranges! LOL

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  6. I'm not bothered about the shape of my food containers vis-a-vis storage cupboards. My only concern is that they're not shaped in such a way that large dollops of whatever are stuck in corners and crevices and impossible to extract.

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    1. You must be speaking of a huge kitchen Nick, mine is very small :)

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  7. I think you hit the nail on the head with this. BTW, I have seen square bowls in a restaurant...

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    1. Yes me too E - can't find them in thrift shops (yet) and a friend was gifted with square plates one Xmas.
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  8. I have square/rectangular tupperware for decanting my flour and sugar into. It definitely makes for a tidier shelf! A quick google shows quite a few glass jars, so you may be able to find some at a store near you :)

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