Mono Ring has been missing: on the table, in the office, at friends’ homes, and we missed it too. We were very uneasy about it.
So finally we have decided to bring Mono Ring back home. For us the Mono Ring story continues, but for many it is just about to start. This is going to be exciting.
The designer Peter Raacke, together with the graphic designer Karl-Oskar Blase and then managing director Herbert Seibel, established the brand Mono at the late 1950’s and also designed the flatware experiment Mono Ring in 1962. Mono Ring was in the market for three decades and became a classic. The young designer Mark Braun, 47 years younger than Peter Raacke, only knew Mono Ring from the design literature. He studied the original design intensively and reinterpreted it for its reintroduction.
Raacke’s idea of 1962 remains strong: flatware that does not need a drawer and does not have to be placed next to the plate. Instead, it hangs visibly and handy on a cross-shaped rack in the center of the table and diners around the table help themselves. This invitation to self-service broke radically with the fine manners at the bourgeois table. Today the rebellious table culture seems very natural. However, Mono Ring has a convincing quality in form, function and material that is strikingly different. As in the past, this design quality is again important and interesting today. For us at the Mono manufactory it has always been at the center of what we do.
Mono Ring has been a bestseller for many years, and far more than 1’000’000 units of flatware were sold worldwide. The portfolio grew and grew – from teaspoons to corkscrews to coat hangers. Five years after its debut, Mono Ring design was recognized and added to the collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, a significant recognition for both the designer and the manufacturer. When dishwashers became household appliance in the 1980’s, the handles material of Mono Ring were not suitable for the dishwasher cleaning and the handle material was switched to plastic until the year 1994 when the collection was discontinued.
Mark Braun deals with the essentials and objects we use in everyday life in his design work. Many everyday products have legendary role models that makes the task interesting and attractive for him. He always wonders what connects us today with the things we use in our everyday life and how do they become part of our story. With these questions in mind he was also looking for a new approach for Mono Ring. Wilhelm Seibel, Mono’s managing director, together with Mark Braun presented the results to Peter Raacke. After a intensive examination he gave his blessing: “You can do that!”
In 2018, a new chapter in flatware history begins for Mono Ring. Revised and refreshed in its form and available in five contemporary colors. Its handle combines latest research and high-tech material. Hanging on the rack in the middle of the table – that is the proper place for Mono Ring at home, in diners, in cafeterias, in bistros, and in restaurants. Enjoy your meal.