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Box Appetit and Lunch Pot

Lunch Break

Some things aren’t meant to mingle until just the right moment. Stir your yogurt and granola together prematurely, and you’ll wind up with mushy, swollen oats when you sit down to eat breakfast. Add dressing to greens too soon, and your salad is wilted come lunchtime.

But that won’t happen with black + blum’s new lunch containers, which elevate the common lunchbox to stylish new heights. Inspired by Japanese bento boxes, the
Box Appetit has an inner dish so you can keep foods separate and a removable sauce pot for condiments and dressing. The glass-like lid has a recessed dipping area -- perfect for wasabi or soy sauce. It also has an ingenious locking mechanism that creates a watertight seal so your lunch won’t leak.

For soups and salads, the Lunch Pot is a set of two pots with a spork and a handy carry strap. Once you’ve eaten, the smaller pot fits inside larger pot for compact carrying. The creators are Dan Black and Martin Blum, who founded the black + blum studio in London. The two designers have a reputation for creating modern products that are innovative, practical, and charming -- the recipe for a perfect lunch.

— Ann
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Dan
    Dan

    Greetings from London!

    We are delighted to be back at Daily Grommet this time with our revolutionary lunchbox range. They will transform your lives and make it a pleasure for you to take your breakfast or lunch with you. At black + blum, we are driven by the opportunity to give each design its own unique character and soul. We strive to create functional products that will charm and entertain and believe that this catch-all bowl achieves that goal. We hope you enjoy her as much as we do!

  • Mary
    Mary
    8/16/2011 12:42 PM

    Does it keep foods cold or soups hot?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2011 1:11 PM

    @Mary: No, you would still need to keep your items refrigerated or microwave them to warm them up again. If you are interested in a thermal lunch system, we like this one by Zojirushi.

  • Dan
    Dan – Special Guest
    8/16/2011 1:20 PM

    @Mary: Hi, all I can say about the insulated version is watch this space. Hopefully we will be launching a fulling insulated (and fully microwaveable) food pot early next year. The design concept is looking really cool although it is still at drawing board stage at the moment...hopefully you will see the real thing on Daily Grommet in early 2012.

    With the existing range, the important thing is that they are all microwaveable and BPA free, so you are able to reheat food easily.

    Cheers

    Dan

  • Lori
    Lori
    8/16/2011 12:47 PM

    Nice concept! I the fact that they can go in the microwave, as the stainless carriers are really nice, but require more equipment. Two questions: how scratch resistant are the clear lids and what is the volume of each container?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2011 1:04 PM

    @Lori: I will let Dan speak to the scratch resistance of the lids. The containers are 10 fl oz and 18.5 fl oz.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    8/16/2011 1:23 PM

    @Lori: We found that microwavable and dishwasher-safe aspect to be a huge draw. It can be such a struggle to have porcelain plates on hand at work for reheating last nights leftovers for lunch, and then there is twice as many dishes to wash and often not good place to them. With the box style, I appreciated how I could bring a grilled chicken Caesar salad to work, for example, and just reheat the chicken in its separate compartment before laying it over your cool crisp lettuce. I do suspect a metal utensil could scratch the lids if you tried, but in the with the 2 weeks of testing both have held up great with no scratches or dents. A big bonus: I am saving a lot of money by bringing leftovers vs. buying a sandwich everyday.

  • Dan
    Dan – Special Guest
    8/16/2011 1:24 PM

    @Lori: Hi Lori, I don't want to get too technical, but the clear lids are pretty scratch resistant for polymers. They definitely scratch more easily than glass, but are more resistant than some other clear polymers which you might have experience with. The other good thing about the main bodies is that they are more resistant to staining than standard food containers.

    Cheers

    Dan

  • Tina
    Tina
    8/16/2011 1:07 PM

    I like the product just wish there were more then just the two colors to choose from. Would have liked to seen a red & blue offered.

  • Dan
    Dan – Special Guest
    8/16/2011 1:16 PM

    Hi Tina

    sorry, we don't have the colours you were after. We may definitely do some other colours in the future and good to hear your suggestions. Cheers, Dan

  • Dana Hill
    Dana Hill
    8/12/2012 5:15 PM

    @Dan Black

    RE; colors to consider.. one word.. PINK!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    8/14/2012 11:08 AM

    @Dana Hill: Will be sure to give a shout out on PINK to Dan & his team.

  • D. Rathjen
    D. Rathjen
    8/16/2011 4:30 PM

    Hi and thanks to the designers!! I received the green detailed lunch box as a gift at Christmas. Loved it until the snap-closure broke. Question: how can I receive a new lid with working closure? Happy to pay for replacement, but rather not purchase entire kit new.

    Thanks,

    D.Rathjen

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/16/2011 4:44 PM

    @D. Rathjen: Dan is in the UK and has retired for the evening. I have forwarded your note on to him and will let you know directly. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Dan
    Dan – Special Guest
    8/17/2011 3:33 AM

    @D. Rathjen: Hi, I am very sorry to hear that your snap closure broke. I will get Katherine from Daily Grommet to send you a special link to our website, where it is possible to order a replacement lid that will be sent out to you at our cost. Many thanks, Dan

  • Darcy
    Darcy
    8/17/2011 6:18 PM

    @Dan Black: Thanks! I received the link and appreciate it very much. Looking forward to using the lunch box again!!!

  • Aaron C
    Aaron C
    8/19/2011 11:24 AM

    Any chance of getting that link for for me? I've had and loved mine for a couple months now and it just broke this morning. 1-2 uses a week for two months doesn't seem unreasonable.

    While you're at it, how about a left handed version of the fork? It's a great design as long as you're using it in your right hand...

    Thanks,

    Aaron

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    8/19/2011 12:04 PM

    @Aaron C: If you like the fork style but need it for a leftie, too, you will love the Knork. I will send you a link for the lid.

  • fernando
    fernando
    11/2/2011 3:34 PM

    Hi great product! where can i buy it in london?

    cheers

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/3/2011 1:32 PM

    @fernando : I have just talked to Dan and he says you can purchase directly from their studio in the Oxo Tower:

    2.07 Oxo Tower Wharf

    Bargehouse Street

    London

  • anne
    anne
    11/11/2011 1:32 PM

    would this be handy for an adult to use to take to work...also can the parts go into a microwave????

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/11/2011 2:16 PM

    @anne: It would be great for an adult to take to work. They are safe to go into a microwave for up to two minutes.

  • denise
    denise
    11/29/2011 11:30 AM

    I am seeing some issues with broken snap closures. I work in an extremely security conscious environment so see-through everything is a big plus and very appreciated. Before I buy is there a design flaw with the snap closure I need to be aware of? This seems like a great product and something my co-workers would love. Even my lunchbox is see through!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/5/2011 2:51 PM

    @denise adams: Because this is a public, Google-able forum, people have found us who have had this issue. Since we provide a direct link to the manufacturer, they get better service from us than from whom they purchased originally. However, I am happy to report that we personally have not yet fielded any complaints from our own customers about these snaps breaking. If it does happen, however, Black + Blum will replace it.

  •  Bonnie
    Bonnie
    5/4/2012 1:22 AM

    I know this is all information from 2011, but, I just found this item oin Grommet today, May 4, 2012. I was very interested in ordering the Box Appetit and the Lunch Pot but are all sold oiut. Will Grommet ever have these on sale again? Was this just from 2011 and not available again? Thank you for all the unique items that You offer us.

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    5/7/2012 12:30 PM

    @ Bonnie: Thank you for your interest. We just sold our last lunch boxes that were available a week ago. We'll be sure to contact you directly when more are in stock; not sure when. Glad you're enjoying the variety of Grommets we've discovered.

  •  Nancy
    Nancy
    9/14/2012 10:13 AM

    These lunch containers look wonderful, but do they keep things cold or hot?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    9/14/2012 3:49 PM

    @ Nancy: Both, isn't that great? You can also heat food in the containers in the microwave, up to 2 minutes.

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