Go Old-School in the New Year!


The Muscle, the Gear and the Carrot is a food processor concept designed in reaction to today’s hyper-sophisticated domestic appliances. Modern kitchen equipment is often so task-specific that they are often cumbersome and difficult to appropriate for other uses. This project ditches electricity and optimizes old kitchen solutions with modern knowledge. In doing so, it returns to the qualities of manual tools without sacrificing utility and comfort of use over time. Better yet, it reduces the need for multiple electric units and frees users from unsightly cords and power cables.

Here, the food processor was re-imagined as a multifunctional manual mill that is attached to the wall. When the wooden lever is activated, the movement of the equipment is multiplied tenfold by a visible flywheel mechanism. Different types of attachments can be fixed to the main body to fulfil different functions – a chopper for vegetables, a grinder for seeds and coffee beans, a salad spinner to dry salad leaves, a blender to whip up a quick drink, a dough hook for kneading bread, a whisk for beating eggs, a paddle for general mixing purposes, etc.

Designers: Antoine Pateau & Jean-Francois Dingjian