Katy and Alex had a light bulb moment whilst travelling in a remote part of Canada. Acutely aware of the awful effect single use plastic has on the world around us, the idea of having a thermally insulated bottle whilst travelling never left them when they returned to the UK. They found that the majority of reusables still looked like camping products but weren’t stylish enough for daily city use. Their aim was to design a great looking set of products which had to be hard-working to perform when taken on an adventure. With the aspiration of beautiful reusables becoming the new normal, Ohelo was born.
Working as part of your design team
What was important for Ohelo was to ask lots of questions and get a feel of who they would be working with as they would be operating as an extension of their own team. They knew they wanted to create stylish ‘green’ products but as they also had ideas for technical features and to extend the range, they needed a product designer/engineer hybrid that understood the principles of sustainable product design.
Turning ideas into reality
We worked with Ohelo right from the beginning to provide conceptual and product development services. They wanted a stylish design and would be the first to admit that they’re perfectionists scrutinising every curve or hue of colour. Visualisation in the form of renders and prototypes meant that they didn’t have to make any compromises until they were 100% happy. Form and function were equally important as well as features (such as a versatile mesh attachment that could be used as a tea strainer, protein shaker or fruit infuser). Once the design intent was realised, the 3D CAD models could start being developed with the manufacturing detail, ready for bottles and flasks to be produced.
The finished product is a vacuum insulated range of bottles and flasks suitable for all refreshment needs which looks pretty darn good, if we say so ourselves. Patterns are laser etched onto the bottle so it won’t fade and a soft detachable strap on pivots means it’s both comfortable to hold and versatile to attach. It’s leak proof and has a whole host of many more clever features you won’t see on your average water bottle. And of course it fully serves its core purpose of keeping you hydrated with your drink just how you like it – it keeps hot things hot and cold things cold. You’ll find one on each of our desks!