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The opener itself was originally part of Ravenhill's thesis project at RISD, which explored how objects acquire patina and wear, and increase in value with use and over time — "not just things that are used and disposed of but things that define us in a way," says Ravenhill. Jonas Damon, the Frog creative director who does most of his side work with Areaware, happened to be at Ravenhill's portfolio review at RISD. "He was like, 'I know a company who would love this. I can get you a check before you graduate,'" Ravenhill marvels.