Rahul Agarwal was a product design student at the National Institute of Design in India when a senior advised him, “Do not tackle designs that have reached the final stage of their evolution. For example, a spoon.” For Rahul, that was a challenge he had to accept. “Taking inspiration from the human hand, which is fat, but cups itself to different sizes depending on the quantity of material being held (sand, water, etc.), the idea for Polygons was born. After extensively testing with various shapes and materials, I arrived at an optimal geometry. This was in 2014,” he recalls.
Made of eco-friendly material, Polygons is an origami-like measuring spoon that lays flat and folds to four different sizes to fit various cooking and baking needs. It folds to whatever size needed depending on the way it is picked up by the user. Premarked areas on both spoon sizes (tablespoon and teaspoon) indicate where to pick it up to measure the volume required for a recipe.
“Fast forward two years, and I was armed with industry experience,” continues Rahul. “By this time, Polygons had won various design awards and thousands had expressed interest in the invention. For the inventor in me, there could be no greater satisfaction than to see people using what I had created, which is why I had become a product designer in the first place, so I got to the task.”
To bring his idea to fruition, the enterprising young designer launched what would become the biggest crowd funding campaign from India. Over a period of 40 days, from 11 October to 20 November 2016, a total of 36,863 enthused backers pledged $1,022,120 to help bring this project to life. Backers had the option to pledge any amount starting from five dollars, and in return they would get the Polygons, in quantities depending on how much they had pledged.
The crowd funding project is the only one from India to cross the million dollar mark, much to Rahul’s delight. “All efforts are now concentrated towards delivering the best quality product to happy backers,” he assures.
Read this story in POOL 81.