Innovative design duo Richard & Antony Joseph are the founders of quirky British kitchenware brand Joseph Joseph. The non-identical twins stumbled upon the idea for their now globally celebrated brand after joining the family glass manufacturing firm.
Specialising in crafting toughened glass for domestic appliances such as cooker hobs, the first spark of an idea came not from this but the firm’s sideline project of crafting glass chopping boards, a project which the twins took on as their own, it was at this point the Joseph Joseph brand was born. Both brothers have design qualifications, Richard’s from Cambridge University and Antony’s from Central St Martins, but it was Richard’s joint business degree which formed their clear individual roles within the company.
With Richard as Managing Director & Antony as Creative Director, they have played to their key strengths giving the brand unrivalled design power equally matched by business acumen. What began with glass chopping boards quickly expanded to more kitchenware items including the product which launched the brand into the public eye - the Chop2Pot. This foldable chopping board lays flat for cutting, but also folds to create a funnel for transferring the contents straight into a pot. Simple yet innovative in design, it was sleek, contemporary and so revolutionary that they began flying off of the shelves, confirming to the brothers that they had found their calling.
Antony & Richard’s first venture into kitchenware can still be seen as an influencer of their current product range with a huge selection of chopping boards, worktop savers and carving boards available. Joseph Joseph now has a vibrant range of glass worktop savers which was a natural progression from their original product.
An excellent display of the brand’s quirky nature, they feature a host of designs from gastronomy maps, retro records and geometric prints. The Chop2Pot remains as popular today as it was when first introduced, and is now available in various sizes to accommodate any pot, with multiple colourways to match your kitchen’s decor.
No kitchenware collection is complete without utensils to enhance your cooking experience. Elevate technology is a trademark of Joseph Joseph, which ensures the utmost hygiene standards are kept throughout the cooking process by not letting any messy utensil heads come into contact with work surfaces.
The brand’s Nest range containing stackable bowls, measuring cups, storage containers and colanders are essential kitchen accessories whether you are a culinary genius or fair weather cook. As their name suggests, these fabulous must-haves ‘nest’ together to save prime kitchen cupboard space and are needed in the preparation if countless meals.
Another ingenious range of implements from Joseph Joseph is the Index collection which includes a set of colour coded chopping boards to be used with certain food groups. This simple but effective system for chopping meat, fish, vegetables and cooked food is essential to avoid cross contamination when cooking.
Each Index chopping board has key features to enhance cutting specific foods on their surfaces, the red meat board for example has a juice catching groove, whilst the blue fish board has an integrated grip. Expanding on this already popular design, the Index Advance chopping board set is now available with colour coded knives to be used alongside the chopping boards.
A slightly different range of products which prove equally as popular as their kitchen accessories, are those designed to the aid cleaning of the same space. Joseph Joseph utility items are just as innovative and transform the often dull task of keeping a constantly used kitchen sparkling with their particular brand of sleek practicality. From adjustable dishracks and double sided drainers, to perfectly organised sink caddies & 2-in-1 scrubbing brushes, every piece has been designed for optimum functionality and is a fantastic complement to the Joseph Joseph kitchenware collection.
Award winning designs
Joseph Joseph’s revolutionising designs have certainly not gone unnoticed in the industry and have received copious accolades for their endeavours into practical kitchen creations. Many of their designs have even won multiple awards in the industry including the Nest stackable bowls and Index colour coded chopping boards.
As recipients of numerous Design Plus, Red Dot, Industry Awards and Excellence in Housewares Awards, Joseph Joseph is one of the most well respected homeware brands on the market and every new release is eagerly anticipated.
Their unique ability to match form and function has earned them global recognition for their multi-award winning designs. Although a British brand through and through, it is their appeal to the global market which explains their ever growing success.
Nearly every item in their vast and varied range of homeware speaks to people worldwide, not just the British public and are essential equipment for kitchens from the US to Japan. Since the brand’s inception in 2003, Antony & Richard Joseph have witnessed the company enjoy over a decade of continuous success which shows no sign of slowing and they continue to inspire with their pioneering designs.