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WHEN NATURE IS YOUR KITCHEN

For this project, we were challenged by TEKA to play around with the concept of ‘taking the kitchen out of the kitchen’ We brought it a step further: we took the kitchen out of the house. In order to do that, we embarked on a journey of exploration of alternative and traditional outdoor cooking methods, with the goal of coming up with a set of appliances that allows you to cook with the elements (fire, water and earth), and reconnect both with the act of cooking and with nature.

The Modern Forager is a speculative device conceived as a ritual object, allowing the user to reconnect with nature and enjoy a more mindful approach to outdoor cooking. The set, consisting of three portable kitchen appliances, includes a solar kitchen, a water purifier and a foodstuffs identifier. 

Services

Speculative Design, Product Design

Client

TEKA

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EARTH

Food identifier
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FIRE

Solar kitchen
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WATER

Water purifier
modern-forager-earth-icon

EARTH

Food identifier
modern-forager-fire-icon

FIRE

Solar kitchen
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WATER

Water purifier
The Modern Forager is a collection of three conceptual portable kitchen appliances that allow the user to reconnect with nature and enjoy a more mindful approach to outdoor cooking. 
The Modern Forager is a collection of three conceptual portable kitchen appliances that allow the user to reconnect with nature and enjoy a more mindful approach to outdoor cooking. 
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EARTH

Food identifier

Have you ever wandered around the forest and

asked yourself if this or that berry was edible?

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EARTH

Food identifier

Have you ever wandered around the forest and

asked yourself if this or that berry was edible?

THE FORAGING ASSISTANT

Have you ever wandered around the forest and asked yourself if this or that berry was edible? The Forager allows you to easily analyse anything, giving the user basic information about what it is and whether or not is edible. Besides, it allows them to storage a handful products, enough for a nutritious meal. However, and aligned with thee less extractive values imbued in this project, the reduced size of the storage unit sends a clear message to the user: be mindful of what you take and take only what you need.

THE FORAGING ASSISTANT

Have you ever wandered around the forest and asked yourself if this or that berry was edible? The Forager allows you to easily analyse anything, giving the user basic information about what it is and whether or not is edible. Besides, it allows them to storage a handful products, enough for a nutritious meal. However, and aligned with thee less extractive values imbued in this project, the reduced size of the storage unit sends a clear message to the user: be mindful of what you take and take only what you need.

The forager allows to easily analyse anything,
giving the user basic information about what it is
and whether or not is edible
The forager allows to easily analyse anything,
giving the user basic information about what it is
and whether or not is edible

1

remove the lid

2

place the item

in the central compartment

3

put the lid

back on

4

the light ring will flicker

and then identify the item

1

remove the lid

2

place the item

in the central compartment

3

put the lid

back on

4

the light ring will flicker

and then identify the item

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WATER

Water purifier

The first step is always to collect it, and in a polluted world like the one we live in,

it is also crucial to ensure you’re using clean, drinking water

THE WATER PURIFIER

Water is crucial for most cooking processes and it can be used in many different ways. However, the first step is always to collect it, and in a polluted world like the one we live in today, it is also crucial to ensure you’re using clean, drinking water. From dangerous chemicals to micro plastics, microorganisms or even salt, most water sources have become toxic for our bodies. The water purifier is not only able to collect and store water, but it is also able to purify and filter it when needed, making it perfectly suitable for human consumption. 

THE WATER PURIFIER

Water is crucial for most cooking processes and it can be used in many different ways. However, the first step is always to collect it, and in a polluted world like the one we live in today, it is also crucial to ensure you’re using clean, drinking water. From dangerous chemicals to micro plastics, microorganisms or even salt, most water sources have become toxic for our bodies. The water purifier is not only able to collect and store water, but it is also able to purify and filter it when needed, making it perfectly suitable for human consumption. 

The water purifier is not only collects
and stores water, but it is also able
to purify and filter it when needed
The water purifier is not only collects
and stores water, but it is also able
to purify and filter it when needed

1

remove the lid

2

collect the water

3

put the lid

back on

4

wait until the water

has been purified

1

remove the lid

2

collect the water

3

put the lid

back on

4

wait until the water

has been purified

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FIRE

Solar kitchen

Using sunlight to light up a fire is an ancient technique

that can be made more accesible with the use of technology

THE SOLAR KITCHEN

Fire is the number one tool in the kitchen. And what better way to use fire in nature than channeling the energy we get from this huge fire ball we call ‘sun’? Using sunlight to light up a fire is an ancient technique that requires nothing but a lens and some wood chips. However, getting the angle and the range right can be a quite difficult and tedious process, and that’s when the technology comes in. Using a variety of sensors to calculate the optimal angle and range, the lid of the device will assist you in the process. In addition, it includes an instant fire extinguisher mechanism in case of an accident.

THE SOLAR KITCHEN

Fire is the number one tool in the kitchen. And what better way to use fire in nature than channeling the energy we get from this huge fire ball we call ‘sun’? Using sunlight to light up a fire is an ancient technique that requires nothing but a lens and some wood chips. However, getting the angle and the range right can be a quite difficult and tedious process, and that’s when the technology comes in. Using a variety of sensors to calculate the optimal angle and range, the lid of the device will assist you in the process. In addition, it includes an instant fire extinguisher mechanism in case of an accident.

The Solar Kitchen uses nothing but the energy
form the sun to create fire, combining this ancient act
with the assistance of technology
The Solar Kitchen uses nothing but the energy
form the sun to create fire, combining this ancient act
with the assistance of technology

1

remove the lid

2

place the tinder

in the central compartment

3

orient the magnifying glass lid

with the help of the light ring

4

now you can start

building up the fire

1

remove the lid

2

place the tinder in the central compartment

3

orient the magnifying glass lid

with the help of the light ring

4

now you can start

building up the fire

The Modern Forager doesn’t have a screen, buttons, controllers or any other invasive features. This radical ‘tech minimalism’ is what allows the user to focus on cooking, reconnecting with nature and enjoying a more mindful experience.
The Modern Forager doesn’t have a screen, buttons, controllers or any other invasive features. This radical ‘tech minimalism’ is what allows the user to focus on cooking, reconnecting with nature and enjoying a more mindful experience.

ANCIENT VALUES FOR NEW TECH PRODUCTS

This product is a mix of primitive and bleeding-edge technologies. Our goal was to shift the way we approach technological devices and the values associated to technology (such as efficiency, speed or convenience). In the end, after many different iterations, we came to the conclusion that the only way to do so was by removing technology from where there’s no need for it to be. 

The Modern Forager doesn’t have a screen, buttons, controllers or any other invasive technology features, but rather a minimal hidden screen that provides you exactly with the information needed and only when you need it. This radical ‘tech minimalism’ is what allows the user to focus on cooking, reconnecting with nature and enjoying a more mindful outdoors experience. Beyond cooking, our goal was to reassess the values we currently associate with tech and spark conversation to reexamine and rethink the devices we use today.

ANCIENT VALUES FOR NEW TECH PRODUCTS

This product is a mix of primitive and bleeding-edge technologies. Our goal was to shift the way we approach technological devices and the values associated to technology (such as efficiency, speed or convenience). In the end, after many different iterations, we came to the conclusion that the only way to do so was by removing technology from where there’s no need for it to be. 

The Modern Forager doesn’t have a screen, buttons, controllers or any other invasive technology features, but rather a minimal hidden screen that provides you exactly with the information needed and only when you need it. This radical ‘tech minimalism’ is what allows the user to focus on cooking, reconnecting with nature and enjoying a more mindful outdoors experience. Beyond cooking, our goal was to reassess the values we currently associate with tech and spark conversation to reexamine and rethink the devices we use today.