Britt Villadsen’s citrus squeezer is shaped like a sculpture; a beautiful object to keep around, even when not in use. Her initial intention was to create simple, no-frills functionality, just like when the chef sticks a fork into the lemon when pressed. Hence its shape allows the user to squeeze the fruit directly over the place where the juice is needed. As an extra detail, Villadsen has shaped the citrus squeezer to make it equally useful for large and small fruits, since it turns around, allowing the ends to work as either handles or presses. The citrus squeezer measures 15 x 7 cm and is produced from cast, glazed stoneware and comes in white.
Britt S. Villadsen
b. 1979, Danish Ceramic Designer
A graduate of the ceramics line of Designskolen Kolding in 2005, Villadsen reinterprets traditional, everyday household objects. Her pieces often take their cue from classics – like a mortar-and-pestle or a citrus squeezer – to which she gives new life and a new look. Villadsen’s artistic motto seems to be that there is no reason to put away good utensils after use. Her design products for the kitchen and the dining table reflect her passion for good ingredients and their preparation. She finds it important to demonstrate how the various utensils can underpin the food preparation process. Thus their use provides a sensory experience of shape, smell, color and texture, from fresh ingredients to finished meal. Villadsen’s utensils are stoneware, often cast, because she wants her products to be durable and able to withstand frequent use. In 2003 Villadsen was represented at the Student Exhibition under the Oslo International Ceramic Symposium. In 2005 she received a travel grant from the Gudrun and Erik Kauffelt Foundation.