Known for its distinctive functional and stylish products for kitchen, bath, home and garden, each Eva Solo products begin with an idea for an item that enhances life at home. Such good design results in beautiful products that are a joy to use and to own. Now under the leadership of the founding family’s fourth generation, Eva Solo builds on its heritage while exploring new possibilities for a continuing design evolution.
Yossie, tell us about how Eva Solo creates such unique products.
Design is not just about outward appearance. Good design is simply at the heart of everything we do. By pushing the boundaries of materials, production methods, functionality and aesthetics, we arrive at new solutions for everyday needs.
Eva Solo products often fulfill more than one function. Beginning in 1949, with the introduction of a flour shaker whose lid was also a citrus squeezer, we started the concept of “Yes, it is a …but it is also a….” This simple “Yes, but” formula brings something new to the user and has delivered many classic multi-functional products.
Eva Solo works with designers who excel within their respective fields. Over the years, our products have won more than 150 Danish and international design awards, including two IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Excellence in Product Design (Eva Solo won a gia Global Honoree Award in 2015, for Digital Kitchen Scale, and in 2016, for My Flavor Carafe).
Currently Eva Solo works very closely with Tools Design team. Tools was founded in 1989 by designers Claus Jensen and Henrik Holbæk. A few decades later, with more than 200 international design awards to their name, Tools Design is one of Denmark’s leading design firms. Their designs are characterized by a simple and innovative approach to the product and its function. And in the hands of these skilled designers, the result is stunning products, which are truly functional. The Tools team has been collaborating with Eva Solo since 1997. Eva Solo also collaborates with other notable designers such as Ole Palsby, 3PART design team, and DESIGNWRIGHT.
A Design Classic Zips Up a New Brand
In 1997, the Evo Solo line introduced items that became the company’s signature. The collection consisted of individual products—or “solo” items, which met the growing needs of 1990’s consumers who wanted to create their own unique mix of home products. The line premiered the Café Solo coffee maker, an elegant glass carafe for pour-through coffee brewing. Its snug, zippered, neoprene jacket kept the carafe warm. Café Solo was joined by the sensuous form of the companion Tea Maker. The cold beverage server line followed—the Fridge Carafe, an easy-grip form also in a zippered cover to keep contents cold. The line now includes a Picnic Flask and Drinking Bottles, with patented drip-free pouring lip. The company known as “Eva” at the time was renamed Eva Solo in 2010 because of the success of this new brand.
Eva Solo has expanded beyond the kitchen and table with bath accessories; home décor items including hurricane lamps, flower vases and self-watering plant pots; and garden items like torches and bird feeders, along with outdoor grills and barbeque equipment.
Building on Danish design traditions, Eva Solo has created its unique market position for elegant, understated products that grace any home. Simple forms and quality materials combined with insightful conveniences for daily living make the family of Eva Solo products instantly recognizable.
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