"Whether the vessel is half full or half empty." – Balance, the new drinking bowl by Carl Mertens answers this classical question in an unusual way: it runs low in the real sense of the word. Balance is a sensitive glass, as well as a decorative and practical serving bowl.
Balance reacts to its content: the less it is filled, the more it leans to the side. If it is refilled, it uprights itself. As a consequence, Balance shows the different states from full to empty – and it communicates with its user humourously with a wink of an eye.
The hollow body insulates both the cold and the heat. Visually, Balance is a pleasure for the eyes: the soft outer form, the round contours, and the semi-matt stainless steel create a harmonic and balanced triad.
Bavarian State Award for Junior Designers, 2000.
Design prize Switzerland: Industrial Design 2001.