knife, fork and spoon in one
A magazine photo that showed women at a party awkwardly balancing cutlery and plates of food on their laps inspired William McArthur to invent the Splayd, a single-handed fork, spoon and cutting blade. From 1943 to 1967 his wife Suzanne used and sold them in her Martha Washington Café in Sydney.
In 1960 she sold the design to Australian tableware manufacturer Stokes Pty Ltd. Stokes put the Splayd through a complete cycle of redesign for mass-production.
Released in 1962, when buffet lunches and barbecues were becoming popular in Australia, Splayds caught on quickly and were a favourite wedding gift in the 1970s.
By 1991 Stokes had sold 4.75 million Splayds in 52 countries - that's one for every 800 people on Earth!
Who Did It?
Stokes Pty Ltd : design, manufacture
William McArthur : inventor
Suzanne McArthur : marketer
'Let's call a Splayd a Splayd'
The Sydney Morning Herald Good Living Guide, 18 June 1991.
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