So I bumped into this piece of genius last week. I’m obviously very passionate about this compilation of projects because they involve three of the things I like most in life: Design, cooking, and eating.

Altered Appliances is an exhibition of four projects by students of the Piet Zwart Institute of Rotterdam. The main focus of these projects is to investigate a different kitchen experience with low-tech, hand-powered appliances that provide a sustainable alternative to conventional tools. Pretty neat!


My personal favorite,  Rollware is a set of laser-cut rolling pins designed to produce dough-based edible dishware. The rolling pins dress the bread with customized patterns that also provide grip for the foods it will hold. This project merges traditional crafts, tableware production, and cooking, with digital technology.


Extrudough fabricates biodegradable tableware using an altered meat grinder and a simple flour based dough (watch video here). The appliance operates as an analogue, human powered 3D printer. The product line consists of sustainable, biodegradable containers, each with a unique pattern, colour and density.



Flipfood  is a basic paper lunch box designed to store and carry food in a playful way. The student developed a set of stencils and directions to efficiently use the paper surface and folds to give structure. Flipfood is self-standing, rotating, with six compartments to store different types of food in each section. Inspired by the classic brown paper bag used by many to carry lunch to work or school, it addresses one’s need to have homemade and portable food while on the go.



Coneformation is a set of measuring cones for cooking, designed for mixing ingredients and serving portioned food. The organic shapes of the cones are an unexpected yet a practical addition to the task of instinctual measuring for recipes in the kitchen. (watch the making of  Coneformation here)