Don’t you love it when good design and practicality produces a visually pleasing object? We do too. Read Ailbhe’s witterings about her love-affair with her shopping trolleys. It would almost be sad if it weren’t for the fact that these little beauties really are desirable!
We all hear how we need to be greener in our daily lives, to cut back on car journeys and reduce traffic on the roads. All well and good but what about the dreaded shopping? In an era of online shopping (MySupermarket is my preferred shopping hub) getting large grocery deliveries are a breeze but what to do for those days when you’ve let the planning slip a bit and have to go and buy some vital bits and pieces .. and while you’re at it some wine .. oh and just noticed we’ve run out of washing up liquid and… You get the picture. Well then what you need is … a shopping trolley.
And not just any old trolley. Ladies and gentlemen I give you MY shopping trolley.
Now admit it. This funky piece of design wasn’t what you had in mind when the words ‘shopping trolley’ were mentioned and I don’t blame you. But when I saw it last year I fell in love and had to have it. All Paul Smith-ish in its stripey charm. Not too girly, not too boringly practical. Plus it has great wheels, is well-balanced, brilliantly comfortable handle, has many exterior pockets and even has a insulated section. Fab-u-lous.
What’s more, I was so overcome with stripey love when I first saw this bag that I bought the fold-up travel shopping trolley version which has travelled to Paris (via Eurostar, but of course) where we’ve been spotted skipping through the markets at Place Maubert and Blvd Raspail. And I remained ‘tres chic’ which is ‘tres important’ in Paris! The larger trolley has been seen out and about in South London laden and lovely. Plus the insulated section keeps your chilly perishables chilly. Even if you decide to stop and have a coffee on the way home.
I’m now beginning to feel adventurous and am eyeing some of the London food markets further afield. The world is my oystercard. So say hello if you see me. I’m the short, well-fed designer with the stripey trolley clipping people’s ankles (ahem, only joking – now totally in control).
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This edited article first appeared in Ailbhe’s blog