My Favorite Things

By Tom Randall - 2013-12-16T19:41:38Z

Courtesy MoMA

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Standing Rice Scoop

Favorited by John Maeda
RISD President, KPCB Design Partner

How does a $10 rice scoop end up at the gift store of New York’s Museum of Modern Art? By being perfect. 

“It's a well known Asian household object that has been updated to embody the common sense of a good design,” says Maeda, a Japanese-American designer who was named one of the 75 most important people in the 21st century by Esquire. The weighted rice paddle stands upright: “perfectly stable, sanitary and ready to place on your countertop for the next person to pick up.”

Maeda announced this month that he would be leaving as president of the top-ranked design school RISD (pronounced riz-dee) to lead eBay’s newly created Design Advisory Board and become a design partner at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.