Inspired by the bold yet minimal and functionalist aesthetic of Eastern European motorcycles - the x3 uses industrial steel to elevate the often-overlooked household watering can to an object of conspicuous utilitarian beauty.
Designer Paul Loebach said, ”I’m interested in creating products that are well-suited for our social climate - simple and highly functional objects with a new look and timeless appeal, that can be offered to the broadest possible range of end users at a good price.”
According to Kontextür founder, Kenneth Schiller, “I was a big fan of Paul’s work before we had a chance to meet. In my opinion, he is a master craftsman who is passionate about every detail. There is always an undeniable truth anchoring his designs that shines through whether it’s a $30,000 museum quality piece or a great little $85 lamp. He is the ultimate traditional modernist. It’s about Paul doing his thing, and that’s very special. On a day when I was visiting Paul’s studio to see concepts for an upcoming collection of bath objects, I saw three paper models of the watering can. Little did he know, I have an undeniable affection for watering cans. It
was love at first sight. The x3 is the perfect piece to transition Kontextür into the broader world of home because it’s very much in keeping with the overall mission of our company: to offer clever, unexpected, great-looking products. Also, with x3 we are still working with water.”
The x3 Watering Can derives its name from its method of manufacture. It’s made using a single metal tube, bent three times (X-3), to create both the handle and the pour spout. The tube is then soldered into a metal can, which holds the water. An inlet is positioned on top providing an easy place to pour in water from the kitchen faucet. Like traditional watering cans with two handles, the x3 handle allows the can to be held in two positions - on top for carrying a full container of water, and at the side for pouring.