Forks, knives, spoons, plates, and bowls. Dishes and silverware are essential to eating a decent meal (unless it’s pizza right out of the box), and rarely give them second thought. But in reality, these most basic of kitchen tools are intelligent works of functional design, and brilliant engineers, scientists, and designers are working every day to improve them.
If might seem funny to think about improving on a bowl — what more can you do? — but there are problems bowls present that some recent inventions have solved. Take the Obol, for example. The problem? Cereal gets soggy in regular bowls. The solution? The Obol is separated into two sides, which allows you to only incorporate the cereal you need into the milk. Genius? You bet.
Yes, silverware and dishes have been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, and you’ll rarely hear anyone complaining about their fork not working like it’s supposed to. But the fact that something’s been around for ages doesn’t mean it can’t be improved upon. It can be customized and specialized, it can be bestowed with wireless connectivity so it can communicate with mobile devices, it can be altered in a tiny way that solves a problem you didn’t even realize you had. And that’s what some of the best products do, right?
Thankfully, the majority of the products we’re about to introduce you to can be ordered right from the internet. Some are only prototypes, and others are still in development phase, but hopefully they’ll get off the ground, because we want them! And while you may not even realize it, you probably want them too. We take our hats off to these designers and engineers, because these inventions are works of genius.
Lee Ben David’s Very Specific Cutlery
Industrial designer Lee Ben David’s silverware creations double as brilliant works of art. Ever wonder what a device intended to shell edamame beans would look like? Or one that opens a pita pocket, or twirls pasta? Look no further. While these unfortunately aren’t for sale, they prove that in the kitchen, there’s a right tool for every job.
Nested Mixing Bowls with Egg Separator
These mixing bowls are designed for use in baking, and they’ve nailed it in several ways. First of all, there’s a pour spout so batter goes right into the pan. It gets better, though: a steel section on the side of each bowl is a great place to crack eggs, and there’s even a built-in egg separator that clips onto the side. A set of four can be bought here.