Ottone

Max Randall

My focus for this design is the history of pasta shaping itself. I looked at how over six hundred shapes have come to exist through different methods of making and cook-ing, and became interested in the tool designs used to pro- duce the complex varia-tions.

Originally pasta took on the forms that could be produced by hand, then wooden tools came into use which offered up a multitude of different varia- tions – each telling a story of the tool that made it. In modern production brass dies are used to extrude pasta shapes as it creates a subtle rough texture on the dough which is perfect for gathering sauce.

Today pasta does not tell the story of its modern production method, no pasta shape exists telling the story of the brass dies used. Ottone, which means brass in Italian, is a direct symbolic record of this process, memorialising the process in the design.