Celebrating a Year

July 29, 2011

with 4 comments

Hommage to my Super-Kim. I bought this little can opener in a hardware store in Barcelona a few years ago. I am a hardware store aficionado and never miss a chance to peruse the shelves of any I pass in my travels. Not the big box stores, that have unfortunately been putting the small local ones out of business, but the neighborhood stores with cool wooden interiors, jumbled overstocked shelves, and only one cash-register. My cafe-issue wine glasses c. 1980s came from a hardware store in Paris, my bright orange dish drainer from one in Rio. And when I was an art student eons ago many of my sculptures were goofy celebrations of the amazing variety of nuts and bolts. Super-Kim is a wonder to me. It resides next to my sink and every time I use it I have to puzzle out how it locks onto the can. But I always do, and it always grabs hold and opens that can in seconds flat. Alas, it seems to be unavailable in the US. Please let me know if I am wrong about this because I now, too late, wish I had a bagful to give to friends. It apparently is made in France, and I highly recommend it to my European readers. And for the rest of you, I suggest a visit to your nearest local hardware store if you have a love of form, a sense of curiosity, and a delight in contraptions.

Written by mairmusic

July 30, 2011 at 11:48 am

Posted in July

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  1. What fun…those types of shops are far more interesting to visit than the tourist traps that many travels go to….I always look for bookstores and local artists away from the main flow of traffic. ;-)

    slpmartin

    July 30, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    • it’s good to discover a culture by locating its artifacts rather than its publicity.

      mairmusic

      July 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

  2. that opener is really cute looking.

    Sharmishtha

    August 3, 2011 at 2:01 pm


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