Post 7: Main Project Aesthetics: Plans and Alternatives – Ari Matrajt

For my project, I envision a versatile cooking appliance, something like a spatula, featuring an interchangeable top that can be easily switched out for different cooking needs, such as a spoon attachment. This innovative design offers convenience and flexibility in the kitchen, catering to various culinary tasks with a single, adaptable tool. Furthermore, inspired by the protective elements of fencing swords, I plan to incorporate a hand protector that shields against grease splatter or boiling water, prioritizing user safety during cooking processes.

Kitchen tool with interchangeable parts

Inspiration for hand cover. [1]

I have yet to decide between two compelling aesthetic choices: brutalist or rustic. A brutalist approach would allow me to concentrate on the functional aspects of the design, emphasizing the raw and utilitarian nature of materials like wood or plastic. This aesthetic would highlight the straightforward functionality of the interchangeable tops and hand protectors, creating a product that places functionality at the forefront. On the other hand, a rustic aesthetic would demand more attention to detail, inviting a more intricate and visually appealing design.

Rough sketch of how the hand cover would loo.

I would use magnets to connect and switch the top of the tool.

The choice between brutalist and rustic aesthetics will ultimately shape the character of the cooking appliance, balancing between an emphasis on functionality and a more decorative, visually captivating design. This decision will be made based on the materials available and my woodworking ability.


[1] “Amazon.” Practice Fencing Epee with French Handle, Accessed 5 Mar. 2024.

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  • Cole Metcalf
    May 8, 2024 12:03 pm

    Hi Ari, I liked the idea and the creativity. I am wondering which you think would work better for real kitchen use, wood or metal. I am almost thinking that metal would be too heavy for magnets but I am curious about how it goes.

  • Michael Gray
    March 6, 2024 10:48 am

    Hi Ari,
    I love your project idea! Mine also includes an interchangable, magnetic feature. I also think you did a wonderful job explaining what the different aesthetics would bring out in this project.
    If you go with the rustic aesthetic, how will you create this cooking appliance out of wood? Would the attachments also be wood? Or would they be metal and somehow connect to the handle?
    Keep up the great work!


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