At a restaurant in Beijing
RIVSALT product range is designed by Swedish entrepreneur and designer Jens Sandringer. Jens came up with the concept while dining at a Japanese Teppanyaki restaurant in Beijing, where the master chef grated salt over the dishes using a large grater and big salt rock. A unique experience which sparked the initial product idea complementing the rise of Scandinavian foodie and design trends. The original RIVSALT product was launched in Sweden 2013.
The inspiration came from a 3 month "working long stay" in Beijing 2008. My favorite teppanyaki restaurant was grating rock salt over our food using a large Japanese ginger grater.
I thought it was a cool experience and wanted to buy a product to have on my dining table. The product did not exist, so I casually started to design it and the rest is history.
Born from a large number of prototypes, first in cardboard then in wood and metal. Initial design thoughts were all about creating a dining table centrepiece. Consequently, size and product simplicity were the two most important elements in the process.
Beautiful, so that it would stay on the dining table as a design object, simple enough so that folks immediately would understand, talk about it and finally enjoy testing the gastronomic experience.
RIVSALT is all about design, communication, and experience. To grate your own salt adds to the dining experience and the beautiful design adds to the dining table set up.
This makes the product a great communication piece and the dining experience more fun. Salt is added to the dish in the process, and the different types of rock salt go with different dishes, which makes it a really interesting product for foodies.