This year, AC convinced me that we needed to get a shredder and I haven’t looked back since. I’ve become so addicted to the sound of its chewing teeth and the cute little crinkly bits of paper it spits out that I find myself looking for things to destroy. Unsolicited credit card mail? Shredded. Annoying catalogs for things that don’t apply to my life? Toast. But despite my new-found love for ripping paper to bits, I’m constantly lamenting the ugliness of standard shredders. Some of them have funny little symbols (ours has a sticker with gnashing teeth) but I can’t help but wish for cuter color options or — my dream — a striped or dotted pattern. I know it sounds lame, but I feel that, with so many talented designers in the field, couldn’t someone apply their skills to the dull wasteland of black/silver office equipment?
Thankfully, I.D.E.A. and Yuen’to Japan heard my prayers and answered. Well, mostly. They designed this beautifully simple that’s now for sale at A+R Store in California. Available in a sweet pale pink, blue or white, it’s the perfect minimal piece to display on a desktop or shelf. While I love its sleek colorful look, I still find myself wishing it was electric rather than hand-cranked, but if you don’t use a shredder frequently, it could be a perfect solution. You’re probably not going to get credit cards through this sucker, but it would be great for everyday household banking and personal documents. to check it out and order online ($44). Happy shredding! xo, grace
*P.S.: Font Day is being moved to next Tuesday. Sorry for the delay!