When given the seemingly simple task of creating a beautiful object, I challenged myself to design something—anything!—that also solves a problem. With such a broad jumping off point, I first narrowed down my thinking to the kitchen, where I like to spend my free time. It didn't take me long to single in on a necessary, but frustrating task made ever more complicated by an existing product: the garlic press. A running joke between my mom and I (and, I now know, a large population of the culinary community), is that there doesn't exist a garlic press that isn't a pain to use and/or clean. Furthermore, existing presses really only produce a garlic mush, which has the most pungent flavor of the various garlic preparations. Garlic presses do not account for the more subtle flavor to which slicing, chopping and mincing lend themselves.
My goal: to design a beautiful, hassle free tool that addresses the need for different garlic preparations.