q.b.(which in Italian stands for Quanto Basta_ as needed_ a common unit of measure habitually used in cooking books and recipes) is a project that reflects on the significance of objects as cultural conduits. It was designed during a workshop, organised by ADI and ADD Lazio, to stimulate the connection between design, territory and local products.
Italian cuisine is internationally known for both its genuine ingredients and its simple recipes consisting of spontaneous yet precise gestures and measures. In that sense, it can be argued that the act of cooking is expressed through an independent language, made up of pinches, sprinkles and splashes, which is passed on within families from one generation to another. q.b. is an oil cruet designed to be the material manifestation that conveys this language, its cultural connotations and the stories of a territory.
The ampoule is made of clear glass so that the content can be seen when in use; it contains a spoon of oil or, in cooking terms, a drizzle of oil. The bottle is made of porcelain and contains approximately 30cl of liquid.
When the ampoule is inside the bottle, place the index finger on the top hole to stop the liquid flow; and sprinkle a drizzle of oil on your plate by letting go of the index finger.
Hand-blown Pyrex glass; made in collaboration with Pietro Viero
Hand-thrown porcelain; made in collaboration with Ida Riveros