Dish racks suck. Most are bulky, ugly, and never expel water properly, which means that if you’re not vigilant about cleaning them every day, they accumulate a disgusting layer of film. For those of us who don’t have the luxury of throwing everything into a dishwasher, there’s the Dish Drainer Geo, a great-looking little mat that dries and drains in a snap.
Geo was designed by Netherlands-based Jorre van Ast for the kitchenware company Royal VKB, and it simply uses gravity to pipe water from your dishes to the sink. Inspired by the free-flowing geometry of topographic maps, van Ast stacked seven anamorphic slabs of plastic over a tray like a squashed ziggurat. Arrange your plates, cups, and bowls on the slabs, and the gentle slope forces excess water into the tray. A notch in the corner channels water into the sink.
A bonus: Because Geo is flat — less than an inch thick — you can pack it away when your done. It’s so pretty, though, we doubt you’ll want to. Buy it for 35 Euros (about $50) here.
[Images courtesy of Royal VKB]SL