This is the original bent-nail bottle opener designed by Brendan Ravenhill. A single bent nail embedded in an ergonomic wooden handle functions as a lever to pry open your beverage. Magnets are inlaid on both sides. One catches the removed bottle cap and the other holds the opener on your fridge when not in use.
During childhood in Cote d’Ivoire and summers in coastal Maine, Brendan fell in love with the functional beauty of working tools and wooden boats. His father curated a show called "The Art of the Personal Object" at the Smithsonian when he was a kid and thinking about how and why we use objects has always been a part of how Brendan seeks to understand the world. Brendan first studied sculpture, then wooden boat building, then industrial design--and moved to Los Angeles in 2010. There he discovered the incredible network of fabricators still thriving here, and knew where he wanted to set up shop.
I designed the Bent-Nail Bottle Opener at a time when I was thinking a lot about objects that get better through use and wear, like a pair of blue jeans or a cast iron pan. Read More on the Areaware Blog...