Our tendency to buy groceries and waste them along with shrinking kitchen spaces and a large influx of niche products on the market all make for an anthill of issues revolving around food. This storm of factors makes the realm of food and kitchens perfect fodder for design improvement and therefore a great 1-Hour Design Challenge topic!
We asked the Core77 audience in our latest design challenge, how could you design a multipurpose tool for the kitchen that adds true value to your life? Well we're happy to report that you all had tons of answers and great ones at that, and we've determined a grand prize winner!
Here's our list of winners and honorable mentions in the 1-Hour Versatile Kitchen Tool Design Challenge:
Nina Zheng's ingenious mix of functions and form factors make it a true winner. After being continuously irritated by all the dishes you have to wash after preparing a home-cooked meal, Zheng had to "address [her] laziness" by making this clever cutting board-mixing bowl-oven tray combo. Judges Kyleigh Wawak and Eleanor Sandford of gravitytank saw this as a clear favorite due to it's thoughtful intent:
"They understood the process and where there was opportunity to improve it. Transformational aspect is something we're seeing a lot of recently. [We would] encourage the designer to explore different materials and prototype functionality to understand how it would actually work."
Mijare's design challenge entry stood out due to it's innovative thoughtfulness regarding how to tackle a very relevant topic today in the world: food waste. Her "Food Savior" solution utilizes a novel sticker technology that detects when food is about to rot while storing the information on your phone. "By detecting ethylene, stickers sense the ethylene and change color", says Mijares. "This sends a warning to your cellphone letting you know [your food] is about to rot." Judge Joey Zeledon saw this as a very fresh idea:
"Food waste is an extremely relevant issue. The Food Savior is addressing the right problem to solve in the kitchen...[Plus] it's more about the food and less about the gadget. The gadget is just an enabler of the larger experience. Well done."