The Designer Ashtray: Accessory for Smoking Culture
With the discovery of the new world in the 15th century, tobacco came to Europe. From the outset the ashtray became a natural necessity for every social meeting where people smoked. For 600 years, there have been small bowls for the purpose, which catch the ashes and always adapted to the varied needs of changing times.
The Proper Ashtray – What You Should Know When Buying
1. Usage Demands: Designer Ashtrays - A Modern Design for Every Need
The ashtray catches the ashes and butts of cigarettes and cigars, and keep these as odour-free as possible. The construction of a designer ashtray depends on the individual needs of the group of people using it. Ashtrays with lids are made for the use in the home. The cover prevents odours from escaping through the cooled ashes. Designer ashtray for outdoors are designed for garden moments in fresh air. Ashtrays for outside are usually larger than normal table ashtrays and have wind protection through a sturdy lid or thanks to their shape.
If a table ashtray is self-extinguishing, then the material extinguishes the cigarette or cigar embers. The common ashtray is round and has several round holes on the edge. Depending on size, they are made to butt out burning cigarettes or cigars. Ashtrays for pipe smokers have a high elevation in the middle for tapping your pipe. Many designer ashtrays are composed of two parts: an upper bowl and a lower pot. On the upper bowl you can butt out glowing tobacco, while the ash is brought into the lower bowl and stored there odour-free. As a result the space remains free of the smell of cold ash and embers are also extinguished by blocking oxygen supply. Ashtrays with lids also ensure that cold ash doesn’t give off an odour and that the embers from the butt extinguish by themselves.
2. Form follows Function
Modern ashtrays are subdued and above all very functional in design. Most are round, as they are geared towards a convivial table. Every smoker should be able to easily reach the ashtray from their position and use it. They are usually purist and kept very simple, many have a damper function and are composed of several parts, which serve their practical use.
3. Material & Maintenance: Large and Stable or Small and Flexible
Designer ashtray for outdoors are usually heavier and larger, constructed from weather-resistant materials. On the one hand, they can withstand more wind and weather and make sure that ash is not blown out. On the other hand, outdoor ashtrays must take a lot of ashes and butts as they are usually used more frequently outside. Designer ashtrays for outdoors are therefore primarily designed with a self-closing lid. The beautiful ashtray for the coffee table, however, plays with design ideas, materials and colours that are suitable for indoor areas.
Here the design ashtray is, for example, easy to clean or made of a dishwasher-resistant material. Ashtrays must withstand heat and embers, safely and consistently. Therefore they must be made from high-quality materials. Heat-resistant ceramic is a material proven over the centuries. Noble white ceramic has been used for modern designer ashtrays and has a simple appearance. Ashtray with tilts and lids are often made of stainless steel. Designer ashtrays made of stainless steel are not only heat-resistant, but also durable and suitable for the dishwasher. Modern designer ashtrays in unusual shapes are made with heat-resistant and durable melamine plastic. This material is easy to clean too.
Where to empty ashtrays?
Only after the last embers are extinguished can an ashtray be emptied. To protect the environment, the solidified remains may not be emptied into the toilet. They go with the non-recyclable waste.
How do you get an ashtray clean again?
To clean ashtrays, lemon, vinegar and salt have proven themselves as natural resources, on top of glass cleaners, oven cleaners and scouring. In addition to cleaning, lemons and vinegar ensure that the smell of cold ash also goes. An old cork, dipped in salt water, is perfect for removing stubborn stains.
4. Price: Here Design has a Moderate Price
In the lower price segment you can find very beautiful pieces which meet all required practical criteria while noble designer objects reside in the middle price segment. Designer ashtrays in the higher-priced segment are made from very fine material or are amongst the design classics in order to justify their price.
You can buy designer ashtrays online and get, for example, an Alessi ashtray made of stainless steel for the living room. The stainless steel Alessi Spirale ashtray is composed of a small, shallow bowl and an inner spiral for holding cigarettes. Alessi impresses once again with a simple but brilliant idea.
The Ashtray with lid by Rosti Mepal, made from melamine plastic, also consists of two parts. The upper part is the lid, into which you can place cigarettes, and the second part is the accompanying lower that can pick up the remains odour-free.
The stainless steel Carl Mertens Caldera ashtray follows the same principle. Its lid has a conical shape, which cigarette remains simply slide on into a hole.
The Ashtray MB 23E by Tecnolumen is an historic Bauhaus designer piece, made from polished stainless steel in pure and practical shape.
You can tilt the lid to tip the remains into the container.
A big exception to the usual design is the Cubo ashtray by Danese with rectangular shape in two sizes for cigarettes and cigars.
The ashtray, made of melamine plastic and looking like a tall box with a crease that remains fall through, is available in black and white.
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