Ok, so they are salt and pepper grinders/mills – not shakers – but they’re still perfect. At least I hope they are – I’ve just bought them. How’s this for a description:
”In the design process, we often perceive a Vipp product as a tool, which will be used to produce or achieve something – a tool that should preferably have a long lifetime. The Vipp salt and pepper mill is designed based on this line of thinking. As a result of strong materials, a ceramic grinder and particular focus on the sound experience, it is a tool that highlights the experience of quality every single time it is used.” – Morten Bo Jensen, Chief Designer at Vipp.
I’m really looking forward to the sound experience! And now I know why they cost so much.
Of course buying them as proven to be a challenge. They are made by Danish company Vipp (a company founded in 1939 with a single pedal bin). I found them listed on Amazon – but they won’t ship them to NZ. Then I found them on Design Public who suggested Bongo US (freight forwarder). It costs to register with Bongo and then there is a verification process that takes a few days. Then of course there is the cost – $100 to deliver to NZ
Over the years I have been tempted to start collecting salt and pepper shakers, but now I just go and look at the pictures from the collection at the Museum of Salt & Pepper Shakers.