We first approached designing the Marco Tray with a simple plan, find a pool shape that told a story, and also worked well as an accessory tray. Once we found the right shape, we could make a metal tray and make it just the right shade of blue to put a little Summer nostalgia in your home.
After pouring through pool manufacturer's catalogues, I learned a few things. First of all, most pools were designed and named a long time ago so the names are charmingly dated. Celebrity, Oasis, Magellan, Tradewinds; I am both rolling my eyes and kind of loving it.
The second thing was that the Kidney pool is perfect. It's a lovely organic shape for swimming and for storing a wallet, keys or whatever. It's an iconic shape full of nostalgia. The edge beautifully oscillates around from a tight S curve to a long lazy arc.
I assumed the Kidney pool was design in the 50’s and I was amazed to find out that it actually goes back to prewar Finland, designed by none other than Alvar Aalto! The guy who made this:
Locking down the color was critical for this product. We pawed through a couple hundred blue powder coat samples and found the best one that captures the memories of Summertime spent playing Marco Polo in the pool. And thus, Marco is the name we decided to give this tray because we couldn't bear trying to sell a Kidney tray.
How big is it?
Roughly 10 by 21 cm or 6" by 8". Its a comfortable size for most things that fit in your pocket.
Why is called the Marco Tray?
After settling on the kidney pool shape we really wanted to drive the point home the the name. When we think of pools it evokes childhood memories of playing Marco Polo under the hot Summer sun.
What’s it made out of?
Its hard to tell in a photograph on the internet but the Marco tray is made from 1.5mm thick carbon steel that's been powder coated.
Does it come in other colors?
Nope. As its form takes inspiration from Alvar Aalto's iconic kidney pool design we've naturally decided to make it swimming pool blue.
What will it hold?
Most anything you carry in your pocket! Such as;
- money clip
- loose change