Anza Wide Filling Knife

Student: Robin Hjortman

Project description: This industrial design project aims at modernizing the view and usage of the Anza wide filling knife with focus on ergonomics, equality and inclusivity.

In collaboration with:

Ergonomics study and concept development of a wide filling knife

Painting equipment, particularly wide filling knives, is a very traditional area that has experienced limited development since the mid-century. The same applies to the view of the product. It is made formerly for men, used formerly by men in a repetitive and highly wearing manner.

Orkla House Care, formerly Anza, is the leading professional painting tool producer in the Nordics. Their goal is to adapt their tool for a wider consumer base, focusing on amateurs.

This industrial design project aims at modernizing the view and usage of the Anza wide filling knife with focus on ergonomics, equality and inclusivity. The developed concept is thought to create extra support for the hand through raised surfaces and is shaped to also suit users with smaller hands. The design and packaging is focused on adding value to the product and creating a modern and refined impression. Simplicity, tactility and tradition are some of the themes for the design work.

The new designed filling knife
Text explaining Orkla's introduction of their problem: Orkla House Care want a new modern and lasting product within a very traditional field. 1,5% of male and 0,7% of female workers suffer from occupational diseases every year - leaving room for improvements in practice and tool ergonomics. Orkla House Care want to reach out to a new consumer base; amateur users and DIY:s. 40% of painter students at gymnasium are women. #% of professional painters in Sweden are women
Illustrations showing different ways to grip a filling knife
Man using a filling knife
A mood board showing different material and colors
Man using filling knife
Several different designs of a filling knife
The final design of the new filling knife
The final design of the filling knife
The final design of the filling knife
The final design of the filling knife in different colors
2019-05-22