Today I invite you to discover the world of a young Hungarian product designer Peter Toronyi, who is currently completing his Masters Degree in Product Design at the Moholy-Nagy University Of Art And Design in Budapest as well as at the Willem De Kooning Academie in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Despite his young age, Peter’s product designs are definitely making some noise in design circles and his works have already been recognized with prestigious awards. Peter’s goal is to create functional and aesthetic objects that can be helpful in everyday life, however he also likes to find simple and functional solutions to a bit more abstract challenges.
The first product in this article will probably raise the interest of many Hungarians and people of Hungarian descent as well as of paprika aficionados. Paprikum – a paprika grinder – addresses the issue that nowadays we mostly find paprika either as a whole or in form of powder. However, as many of us like to use e.g. freshly ground black pepper, why not using freshly ground paprika? Until now there was no specific object for crushing and serving ground paprika neither in the hospitality industry, nor in households. Paprikum grinds dried red seasoning paprika and any other dried spices like black pepper by shaking it up and down. The more you shake it the finer the spice will be. This easy and spectacular movement makes Paprikum unique among all other spice grinders and containers. In 2012, Paprikum received the Hungarian Design Award and it is already available for purchase. This is definitely a nice and functional present to anybody who likes to cook by using fresh ingredients and spices, and it will also look good on any table.
Peter’s other product idea – Kálha – was picked up quickly not only by design fans, but also by NGOs and charity organizations worldwide. Kálha addresses the needs of homeless people or of those who have to live in lower developed areas around the world and therefore they are exposed to the cold weather in winter time or perhaps all year long. Based on Peter’s research a human body will not freeze, if our buttocks get some warmth. Kálha actually serves four functions: it is a small stove, a cooker and a stool to sit on as well as it can be used as a bed warmer under the blanket close to the body. It is made of fireclay-like material that has an excellent heat preserving character. Production cost of Kálha is only a couple of dollars and it could be made from local raw materials in Hungary or by local potters in other countries. In Hungary, Peter cooperates with the Maltese Charity Services to manufacture and distribute Kálha to those in need. Only waste wood is needed to light the Kálha which burns for some hours and after that it still keeps its warmth for an additional 1-2 hours thanks to its material and design.
Idol and Nissyoku are so called mood lamps that are only activated when chilling or relaxing. Idol is made of concrete and can be used in- and outdoors, too. Nissyoku mood lamp was developed for a lighting exhibition and Japanese Koizumi Lighting Corporation invited designers to create a lamp that strongly reminds of the Japanese culture, where light means life and light brings forms alive. For his Nissyoku creation, Peter was inspired by the solar eclipse as this phenomenon is the clearest way to show the light-shadow contrast in nature. Nissyoku can be used as a hanging lamp or it can also be divided in the middle and by attaching the two hemispheres to the wall and use the lighting elements as light sources. Nissyoku was awarded with the Koizumi Gold award in 2010 as it mastered all criteria set out in the contest as well as it received the Red Dot Design Award in 2011.
Above mentioned products are only a few examples of Peter Toronyi’s recent designs and his career has just started. His guiding motto “being humble to a profession and to others makes one respect himself” has already helped Peter to come up with some amazing creations that leaves one wondering . . . and what’s next? It seems that his mind is still full of ideas and we are all very curious about his next projects and achievements.
For more information about the products mentioned above as well as his other designs please visit Peter Toronyi’s website. To stay informed about the iconic Paprikum paprika & spice grinder you are kindly invited to visit the Paprikum website or join the recently launched Paprikum Facebook page. For wholesale and retail inquiries you may contact Peter Toronyi directly.
Source of images: Peter Toronyi’s courtesy. Photos by György Kaczur (Paprikum and Kalha), Eliza Mikus (Idol) and Abel Krulik (Nissyoku).