The kitchen has always been an inspiration for design projects. Historically, the kitchen, as a domestic room, grew from basic need to a variety of design activities related to consumption, "transforming" the area into an integral part of the modern home.
The Dutch are definitely known for their experimental and innovative designs. Often starting in school projects where students freely explore the limits of design and incorporating it into an array of several fields.
Recently, students from the Masters of Interior Architecture & Retail Design Programme of The Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, developed Altered Appliances, a collection of four projects, all of which introduce low-tech, hand-powered appliances and ideas to the kitchen.
Following their research on how kitchen-oriented appliances have historically been used, the students looked at how these same appliances can be used within different parameters. The results are brilliant and were presented through a “live demonstration” at Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week 2013.
Check them out one by one below!
ROLLWARE by Joanne Choueiri, Giulia Cosenza and Povilas Raskevicius.
‘Rollware’ has been laser cut with elaborate patterns. The rolling pins which come in sets are used for three separate functions, the first and most obvious, rolling the dough flat, the second, imprinting the design onto the dough and the third, cutting the dough into a plate size circle. The dough-plate is then baked and used as a substitute for plastic disposable dishes which instead of being disposed of, can be eaten.
Extrudough by Bo Baalman and Kine Solberg
‘Extrudough’ is a series of tableware, not edible this time but biodegradable, been designed by Bo Baalman and Kine Solberg who modified a meat grinder to process differently coloured doughs to produce various shaped moulds that are then dried at room temperature.
CONEformation by Maddalena Gioglio and Egle Tuleikyte
In the same low-tech mood, Maddalena Gioglio and Egle Tuleikyte developed a seductively primitive set of measuring cones that can also be used as mixing bowls as well as serving vessels.
FLIP FOOD by Ilias Markolefas and Nathalia Martinez Saavedra.