Not the table-setting kind of flatware you are used to, these kitchen implements are a new breed of slim design. As space-saving strategies go it is hard to beat a flat-pack approach, but in this case the benefits go beyond storage, too.
When it comes to cumbersome kitchen accessories, packing flat means fitting things into dishwashers, too. Dubbed Formadables by the crowds supporting and advising the project over at Quirky, the series includes a cutting board, bowl, strainer, colander and grater.
Collectively, these snap-together designs can be stacked and slid into a drawer out of the way, thus taking up less space when not in use. They also form a spectrum of colors that calls out their connection visually while also helping the user keep track of them by function.
Quirky brings lots of other fun and creative products to life, too, many of which solve common problems around the house. “Raft,” by Maria Morrill, for instance, is a sink plug that eliminates the need to reach into funky water.
“Maria was grossed out having to stick her hands into the food and sharp silverware ridden sink while doing the dishes and was searching for something to help. She found lots of floating plugs for the bathtub, but nothing for the kitchen sink, so she designed one herself!”
“Bevel” by Kyle Dulan is a measuring cup and 8-cup mixing bowl with a built-in scraper so you can get every last drop off your mixing spoon.
“Kyle wanted to eliminate the need to strike your utensil on the side of a bowl, or have to dirty a second untensil (or your fingers) in order to clean off your spoon or spatula. Bevel solves the problem, and offers increased ease in the kitchen for children, the elderly, or the disabled.”
“Align” by Kenneth Rubi makes it easier to staple all kinds of things.
“A stapler is a stapler, right? Wrong. With a few tweaks, we designed one with a whole new level of utility. While a standard stapler’s reach is limited by its length, Align’s detachable base enables a user to staple materials of any size, from posters to sheets of cardboard.”