Cooking Roots is a family of three kitchen products inspired by the brand language of Gibson Guitars. This project was developed by Mariela Maldonado and myself. We researched and studied the design language of Gibson Guitars' products. We were inspired by the materials and manufacturing process the company uses. Gibson Guitars are characterized by their organic shape, wooden material, detailed finish and handmade production.
After doing research, we discussed designing kitchen products based on the insights gathered from the company. Since Gibson Guitars' shapes are organic and their main material is wood; we began to explore kitchen products that could embrace this attributes. Our final decision was to focus our designs on developing a herbal container, a mortar and pestle, and a tool to cut herbs.
It is a creative and beautiful way to display and have blooming herbs or flowers in the kitchen. Its form is inspired by wood and the natural shape of tree branches. It is non-obstrusive and it enhances the beauty of its environment.
During this stage we explored different shapes and ways to display, store, and maintain plants in the kitchen environment. Our designs were focused on a product that could be easy to store and clean, but especially it has to be unobtrusive. Kitchens are usually small or characterized by having little counter space.
The following infographic represents the steps on how and where to set the product.
It is a mortar and pestle inspired by the biomimicry of the armadillo. It features a collapsable wooden shell which avoids spills while crushing, grinding and mixing solid ingredients. In addition, the shell fully collapses protecting the ingredients from insects.
We explored different shapes and material combinations. In addition, we tested existing mortar and pestles to find design opportunities, which lead to the shell development.
The following infographic represents the product features and the steps on how to properly use the product.
An ergonomic cutting device destined to cut fresh herbs. Provides safety and comfort by featuring a narrow protected blade and an ergonomic handle, which allows the user to cut the herb in a more comfortable manner.
After doing research on existing cutting devices, we learned it was a great design opportunity to develop this product. We focused on innovative ways the users could cut the herbs.
The following infographic represents the steps on how to properly use the product.
All of our products were hand made. The Upside-down Hanging Garden was sculpted from wood with a Dremel tool and the cups were made out of ceramic. The mortar and pestle prototype was sculpted from a piece of ren on the wood lathe. The shell is made of plywood, and so is the rest of its body. Finally, the Hook's handle is made out of wood with a white tip, which represents white stone. Last but not least, the Hook was also sculpted from a piece of wood and has a metallic blade.