The Wizards of Öz

Things just seem to taste better when dispensed from objects made with thought and care. Like when my mom makes me a sandwich made exactly the way I make them, but for some reason her’s taste so much better. I am guessing that will be the case with this “Öz” pepper grinder by Ahmet Bektes and Koray Gelmez. They took the mortar and pestle approach to pepper grinding with this unique design. Composed of Turkish marble, this approach makes much more sense to me than those ridiculously monster sized pepper grinders you are accosted with in “finer” restaurants.

Designer: Ahmet Bektes & Koray Gelmez


  • eric says:

    stylish and innovative. although it may be a little overkill for crushed pepper : )

  • zippyflounder says:

    show me a working model, so many un answerd questions…like migration of the ground peper up the sides of the grinder causeing a cloud of peper for every turn.

  • jin_woo_han says:

    Impressive styiling~!!!! wow!ehehehe

  • carl says:

    5 components over the original 2 components for the pestle morter. so it it any better? no it overcomplicates it. more to go wrong.

    • Lim says:

      Yah i agree… I dont see anything here better then the traditional / typical type grinder. Its like more action and steps need to be done.

      More trouble for the convinience.

  • Brian says:

    I’d also question how well it would grind pepper – they’re pretty hard and take some strength to get them to grind in a mortar & pestle. I can only imagine how difficult it would be in this thing where you can’t really direct your strength into a task as part of the energy normally used in a mortar & pestle. A large portion of that energy will be in just trying to keep the handle in the grinding part.

    • zippyflounder says:

      did a quicky test, guess what you cant rotate that mother with out a center axel only motion that is possiable is from “side to side”……….jeze MOCK IT UP you bithering dunderheads……

  • Ahmet Bektes says:

    thank you for comments. It is rotating we have a prototype of this design. It is working if you want more information just give me your mail and i ll send the prototype photos (not mock up) of this product. The handle is going and passing the center of the sphere. There is just one problem for the design the inside of pattern. We are working for that issue. Anyway thanks for the comments. Also Awarded as 1st winner prize by İMMİB (İstanbul Mineral and Metals Exporters’ Associaton) Industrial Design Contest 2008

    • zippyflounder says:

      hey glad to hear you made one, make a movie of it in operation and post it to this or some other site.

  • Levni says:

    very clean design, simply functionalized challenging work…

  • lolypop says:

    it ‘ s really clean and smart design. also this can be great for the decoration of the kitchen. i really know people who will buy this item because of the sight of it. i want to buy this if it is produced

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