Samsung’s design language inspired this kitchen appliance to make everything from soups to smoothies!

Modular kitchen tools go with small living spaces like bread and butter. Efficiency studios or dormitories are known for their tight corners and compact kitchen space, leaving little room for bulky cookware or jumbo-sized machinery – the more modular a tool, the better when it comes to tiny living. Opting for modular cookware takes up less storage space and the single-engine nature of most modular tools requires less energy for operation, supplying users with plenty of mechanical options without needlessly wasting storeroom or energy. Recognizing the inherent frugality behind the modular design, Berk Can Yıldız imagined what Samsung’s collection of trusted kitchen tools might look like if they were combined into a singular modular household product.

Samsung Barr, Berk Can Yıldız’ modular take on Samsung’s kitchen tools, is a single-engine, modular device used for any type of cooking that might require blending, grinding, or heating. The Samsung Barr functions as either a kettle or soup maker with integrated heating elements and also as a blender, grinder, or juicer for use without added heating elements. The product’s large, front-facing button functions as the unit’s control panel. The touchscreen dial’s usability is akin to a round thermostat’s – its circular formation allows users to adjust aspects of cooking, like levels of temperature and the duration of timers, simply by dragging haptic sensors one way or the other around the screen’s perimeter. Compatible with the Samsung Health app from Google Play, Barr also connects to its app that provides new recipes and health information. Samsung Barr’s inner mechanism only consists of a motor, fan, and vents allowing plenty of airflow, giving Barr a simple construction and compact body, adding to the product’s overall ease-of-use.

Today, many young people are seeking more modest means for living situations – sustainable alternatives like passive house construction or single-living spaces like efficiency studios are chosen over more grandiose options. However, our individual ideas of comfort shouldn’t be sacrificed for the sake of modesty – our generation’s obsession with minimalism lies in simplicity, comfort, and aesthetics, but perhaps not frugality. The choice to live smaller or sustainably, however, will inevitably lead to choosing economical, more efficient alternatives like modular cookware. Designs like Berk Can Yıldız’ reveal how these multi-functional and more sustainable alternatives can save space, energy, and money for not only the people who use them but also for those who produce them.

Designer: Berk Can Yıldız

From blending to steaming, this Dieter Rams-inspired modular kitchen appliance does 6 unique functions!

Kitchen appliances can quickly turn into collections of bulky hardware and tangles of wire if we’re not careful. Blenders, toasters, kettles, and steamers – the wish list is endless and there’s always a new kitchen tool that could be added to our carts, and then when it comes time to organize, forget about it. Modular kitchenware designs come in handy when we feel that we’ve reached our limits…or storage capacities. Finding inspiration in the design language of Dieter RamsBraun collection, ChenKai Zhang created renderings for a modular kitchenware concept that’s as familiar and practical as the iconic Braun appliance.

Zhang recognized several strong points in Braun’s design language, including its timelessness, efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and approachability. Zhang hoped to achieve a similar timeless feel for his modular kitchenware concept by attributing like-minded color schemes and construction materials to his product design. The clean coupling of stainless steel accents with a colorful coating of ABS plastic is reminiscent of Braun products and carries with it a sense of familiarity. With this combination of fresh, sleek display and a trusted construction process, Zhang developed his own interpretation of Braun’s approachable and timeless appeal. Zhang essentially universalized Rams’ mechanical design language to offset and charge one base component so that it can then provide power for other attachable kitchen appliances such as juicers, electric kettles, and blenders. Inside the base component, gear buckles, motors, and conductors all work together to either provide heating or power for the two mixing blades to run. The base component consists of a high-speed motor and a heating component to which users can attach and utilize most kitchen appliances. In order to take up less space in the kitchen, Zhang ensured that all of the kitchen modules were the right size to stack onto one another. Zhang also redesigned the spout for modules containing liquid by both flattening it, offering slower pours, and lengthening it for easy pickup.

An integrated interface of two aluminum switches, located on the design’s electric base component, gives users the option to either use a high-speed motor or a heater. Once decided, additional modular components can then be attached to the base component to prepare food items according to the chosen mechanism. In addition to the three modules mentioned, Zhang designed frying pan, steamer, and breakfast pot modules to attach to the base component for other options. The product design’s efficiency is attained through Zhang’s commitment to practicality above all else. This practical approach to design is shown through the modular kitchenware’s conceptualization phase. Moving through three generations of products, Zhang ultimately designed a modular tool for the kitchen that allows users to choose between six different functioning cooking appliances.

Designer: ChenKai Zhang