Designed by Martin Roberts for Conran Associates and
manufactured by Crayonne Ltd, the ice bucket was part of a range of 21 brightly
coloured, heavy-duty plastics containers sold through Habitat. First launched
in 1973, the Input series was created to be interchangeable, with the same
height and diameter used throughout, and included trays, bowls and vases with
an assortment of lids and insulating liners.
|Image ref: The Input series consisted of 21 different numbered, interchangeable, containers.|
Image credit: http://www.objectplastic.com/2014/01/input-11-container-conran-associates.html
Originally available in red, yellow, green or white, additional colours were added later and none of the pieces were named but instead given a number. The ice bucket was referred to as Input 14 and is made from polished acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS), chosen for its scratch and shatter resistance, with a polyethylene (PE) liner. Injection moulded, the bucket wall was designed to be almost twice as thick as comparable products on the market (refer image below).
|Image ref: The robust wall of the ice bucket (left) and the manufacturer’s mark on the underside (right).|
Image credit: Katherine Pell
Crayonne was a subsidiary of Airfix Plastics, set up in 1972 to
try to improve the image of the plastics material. They approached Conran to
apply high design principles to everyday homewares with the successful Input range
going on to win the 1974 Design Council Award for Contract and Consumer Goods –
the entry description is provided below.
Image ref: 1974 Design Council Awards, Containers by Numbers.
Image credit: https://www.vads.ac.uk/digital/collection/DIAD/id/6601
Image ref: The launch of Input, left to right: Ralph Ehrmann (Chairman and Chief Executive, Airfix Industries), Terence Conran (Chairman, Habitat) and David Sinigaglia (Managing Director, Airfix Industries).
Image credit: Forty Years of Airfix Toys by Jeremy Brook
MoDiP has another example of this ice bucket in red, a smaller container, the Input 10 (essentially the Input 9 vase/storage tub with a lid), a bathroom jar that was part of the second range of colours introduced by Crayonne, as well as some of the bathroom fittings referred to above. These were all recently donated to MoDiP by Zack Wyse and I shall be including other objects from his collection in future blog posts soon.