Pickle makers made money during the gold rush, and now an army of suppliers exists to meet the demands of foodies. We don’t mean the food, although that’s a booming industry; we mean the designers, makers and inventors who drive the machines, tools and inventions to help this ravenous audience prepare and consume their food and drink. Here’s a look at items designed for cooking, eating and drinking that caught our eye in 2022.
Who knew in-wall toasters, like this Modern Maid KBT-100, were once a thing? It’s probably only a Kickstarter away from coming back.
This 2cook portable cooking unit, by industrial design consultant Happ Studios, is a design variation on the hob and has several cookware.
Industrial designer Maxime Augay took this portable apartment kitchen hood from the ID school project to $391,642 in Kickstarter funding.
The Swiss manufacturer Koenig makes this HeatsBox, a food box that heats up your food.
This Millo Air is an almost silent cordless blender that uses magnets instead of a motor.
Chinese manufacturer Timemore channeled vintage Braun in the design of their Sculptor 078, a precision coffee grinder.
German industrial designers Frederik Brückner, Christoph Gerdesmeyer and Jonas Krohn designed the Supertamp, a precision tamping unit for espresso grinders.
Italian industrial designer Odo Fioravanti designed this CJ (Coffee Jockey), a brutalist coffee machine for Moak.
Japanese manufacturer Thanko produces the Makasetei, a coffee machine-like “fully automatic ramen machine.”
This coffee pot from Moka Pot manufacturer Bialetti prevents waste. The pot’s funnel docks into the inverted lid, so spills are caught.
Copenhagen/Tokyo-based industrial designer Erina Caldeira designed these easier-to-read measuring cups for housewares manufacturer Marna.
These simple paella and rice control tools come from Spain and make making paella easier. (Click the link for a detailed explanation of how they work.)
Italian industrial designer Viviana Degrandi’s Drop Colander is an eye-catching variation on the salad spinner.
This magnetic mixing bowl by British industrial designer Damian Evans has a magnetic base for better ergonomics. The round bottom means that it can also be used on top of a pot in one bain marie configuration.
British ID consultancy Rodd designed this grater that allows you to actually see the grates.
Spanish manufacturer Lékué makes this unique measuring spoon with a slider to cover all sizes.
Lékué also makes this clever plastic wrap alternative that is shaped like a silicone yo-yo.
We learned that traditional Japanese wasabi grinders are made with abrasive shark skin, and a brush made of bamboo is used to clean metal graters.
We’ve also learned that high-end sushi chefs use these expensive cutting boards that have a rubber surface and a wooden core.
French industrial design firm Contexte designed this simple cutting board that doubles as a serving board.
A chemist and a UX designer created this portable Cooler Keg, which delivers draft beer on the go.
This whiskey decanter comes with a freezable aluminum coaster so you can tip nice and cold without the fake ice.
This Draft Top Lift object decapitates beer cans for easy drinking.
Dutch product designer Maud van Deursen created this strange CARAF Château D’eau, essentially a dining table water tower that flows from the bottom.
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Stojo makes these collapsible reusable coffee cups and water bottles.
We looked at some sad realities of American life: Items invented to make eating in a car easy.
Finally, nothing to do with design, but here’s a crazy quick way to set a dinner table.
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