0 Behind the Design: The Kikkoman Soy Sauce Bottle

From the tables of Chinese restaurants to the "Asian" aisle of the supermarket, the Kikkoman bottle, with its red cap and simple gold text, is the standard go-to in soy sauce.

But where did the bottle get its original design?

It took three years for [designer Kenji] Ekuan and his team to arrive at the dispenser’s transparent teardrop shape. More than 100 prototypes were tested in the making of its innovative, dripless spout (based on a teapot’s, but inverted). The design proved to be an ideal ambassador. With its imperial red cap and industrial materials (glass and plastic), it helped timeless Japanese design values — elegance, simplicity and supreme functionality — infiltrate kitchens around the world.

The Kikkoman soy sauce dispenser was introduced in 1961 and has been in continuous production ever since.

(via NYTimes)

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