Fortnum & Mason Tritensil

In 1914, Fortnum & Mason’s Christmas catalogue for army officers included a never before seen product – a combination knife, spoon and fork. Around a century later, Map Project Office was invited to revisit the typology, creating a contemporary product that could be used for the store's takeaway and picnic food offerings.

One of the challenges of providing three functions in a single item of cutlery is that the design is inherently a compromise. To mitigate this, Map removed a key ergonomic restriction by creating unique left- and right-handed versions of the Tritensil.

This asymmetric design is instantly recognisable, displaying a level of care and consideration for the user that plays into Fortnum's reputation for perfection. Modern manufacturing processes also mean that it is possible to produce the Tritensil in appropriate quantities for each hand, limiting wastage.

While a combination of functions may be challenging, it is also environmentally friendly: the Tritensil is a single bio-plastic utensil replacing three tools, while Map’s new design reduced the existing product’s weight by 46 per cent and its CO2 output by 50 per cent.

Year
2015
Map Team
Scott Barwick, Julie Arrivé, Alex Hulme + Bruno Schillinger
Collaborators
Giraffe Innovation
Production
Fenland RP
Photography
Josh Lake

Fortnum & Mason Tritensil