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Tong 1964

These ice tongs, which we're relaunching in 2018, are an updated version of the ones designed by André Ricard in 1964.

Ricard has slightly altered the width of the tongs, as well as using a new type of plastic to improve their performance. The tongs are a classic design created in Barcelona in the 1960s and form part of the Mobles 114 Classic Collection.

A devotee of simplicity and functionalism, André Ricard designed these tongs for ice cubes back in the day when plastic was a relatively new material. This gave the designer the chance to rethink an object that had always been produced in the same way. Most tongs were made of steel or wood, with a pivot or spring to ensure they returned to their original position.

Ricard's design makes use of the shape of the tongs themselves as their mechanism. His masterful solution takes advantage of the tong's leverage and the flexibility inherent in plastic.

The designer has thought about the hands that are going to hold the product and the product that's going to hold onto the ice cubes. These tongs are the perfect extension.

André Ricard

André Ricard, Barcelona 1929.

A pioneer of Spanish industrial design, André Ricard was Chairman of ADI-FAD, Founding Chairman of ADP and a member of the Faculty of the Art Centre (Switzerland), among other positions.

An internationally renowned author, he has designed containers, utensils, lighting, domestic appliances and items of furniture that have ended up forming part of our everyday lives at home. Among his most well-known designs are the Copenhagen ashtray, released by Mobles 114, and the Olympic torch for the Barcelona 1992 Games.

Taking a logical, analytical approach he "harmoniously integrates the most beautiful form with the demands of the function", applying a style of design that's classic because it's timeless and never becomes outmoded.

André Ricard has been recognised with Spain's National Design Award, the Sant Jordi Cross from the Catalan government, the Olympic Order of the International Olympic Committee and the Gold Medal for Artistic Merit of the city of Barcelona, and has also been made a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur of France.

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