Comic Relief 2023 has arrived, and you can finally don a big honking rosy red nose on your schnozzle. But there’s something a little different about this year’s nose. It’s had a complete redesign, and yes, Jony Ive, former designer of the iPod, iMac, iPhone and more, is the new red nose’s inventor.
The nose for Red Nose Day 2023 has had a complete makeover. Made from 95 per cent plant-based materials, the Ive-designed red nose looks like a flat crescent-shape when closed and springs out into a honeycomb sphere once opened.
“We’ve grown up with Comic Relief and are proud to support their remarkable work. This new and seemingly simple red nose has been a fabulously complex little object to design and make, and has involved our entire team,” Ive said. “We hope it brings a little moment of joy to everyone who wears one.”
It is one of the first products Ive has developed for the public since stepping down from Apple in 2019. After leaving the company, Ive launched an independent design firm called LoveFrom with Apple industrial designer Marc Newson. LoveFrom has reportedly worked on projects with Airbnb, Ferrari and Terra Carta.
It’s not the only red nose being sold for Comic Relief this year. Homebase has also partnered with Kabloom to produce a red nose seedbom that grows into wildflowers when planted.
All profits from sales of both the new red nose and the red nose that grows will go directly to Comic Relief. It’s being sold exclusively at Amazon this year, while the red nose that grows is available to buy at Homebase.
Comic Relief’s red nose for Red Nose Day 2023: £2.50, Amazon.co.uk
The folding red nose comes in an Apple-like case and can be bought for £2.50. All money raised from the magically transforming red nose will go towards supporting people struggling with the cost of living crisis, and will tackle issues such as homelessness, mental health problems and food poverty in the UK and around the world.
You can buy the red nose from Comic Relief directly, as well as Amazon with the latter of the two offering free next-day delivery to all customers, regardless of your Amazon Prime status. But seeing as Red Nose Day is today (17 March), you might struggle to get a nose in time.
The red nose that grows: £4.50, Homebase.co.uk
The red nose that grows is a wildflower seedboom that you can plant in your garden, on your balcony or in a small window box. There are two different red nose seedbooms – one that will attract bees and one that will attract butterflies.
The seedboom is produced by Kabloom, and is made with a starch and natural fibre-based paper foam shell that is 100 per cent compostable. The shell biodegrades into the environment, with wildflowers growing in its wake. To grow your red nose, you simply shake the seedboom, soak it in water and then plant it. Before long, you’ll have wildflowers blooming in your garden and lots of butterflies or bees visiting you.
The red nose that grows is being sold exclusively at Homebase, with click and collect delivery available for Red Nose Day today. All profits go directly to Comic Relief.
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