The South African company ReadyMade is no stranger to awards. And not the self-indulgent, “I’m so cool” type of award, but the more humbling and socially relevant type of award.
This year they are a finalist in the INDEX: Awards.
The Arivi Paraffin Stove.
The stove has 3 main benefits, the first is that the flame self extinguishes when knocked over, tilted, moved or refilled. The second is the increased efficiency, saving users 32% of their paraffin costs. Thirdly, the stove produces almost no particles or smoke and less than half the amount of carbon monoxide required by law, reducing indoor pollution which causes respiratory ailments. A limited number of stoves are being offered for pre-ordered sale to anyone who believes in this cause and wants to help. Please go to www.myarivi.com to find out how you can help.
The Problem it Solves:
The Arivi Paraffin Stove is designed for low-income households as a safe, efficient and clean-burning answer to the raging shack fires that annually affect more than 60,000 South Africans and cost the country an estimated $10 billion each year.
The People Behind the Product:
Tasos Calantzis CEO – Tasos is an industrial designer and the CEO of Readymade. He holds a B.Tech degree in Industrial Design from Johannesburg University and has lectured at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada. He has served on his alma mater’s Advisory Council for Industrial Design and their Peer Review Panel.
Frederick Kruger CTO – Frederick is an Industrial Designer and CTO of Readymade. He holds a BTech Industrial Design degree from the University of Johannesburg. His work has won some of the world’s most prestigious awards including the German Red Dot Award, Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Awards, as well as a SABS design award.
I think it absolutely rocks when a South African company (and it’s staff and creators) receive international recognition. Whether they win the award or not it is an incredible thing that they have done by creating the Arivi Paraffin Stove.
Hat tip to Don Packett for the story
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