chopchop, a kitchen counter for the physically-impaired by dirk biotto
 
chopchop, a kitchen counter for the physically-impaired by dirk biotto chopchop, a kitchen counter for the physically-impaired by dirk biotto
feb 26, 2015

chopchop, a kitchen counter for the physically-impaired by dirk biotto

chopchop, a kitchen counter for the physically-impaired by dirk biotto
all images courtesy of dirk biotto

 

 

 

making a meal is so typical that often the preparation becomes automatic. all the details and different tasks used to create a meal, from boiling water to chopping vegetables, are taken for granted. these everyday actions are more complex than they might appear, and personal disability or a poorly designed space, can make even small tasks a struggle. for those with disabilities, cooking more often becomes a task than something enjoyable. ‘chopchop’, by german industrial designer dirk biotto, provides aesthetic and useful tools for any household, disabled or otherwise, to ease common kitchen difficulties.

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module 1

 

 

 

the design premiered at imm cologne 2015, and offers the user the opportunity to individualize the counter specifically to their needs. interlocking steel tubes allow for the counter to be raised or lowered for a perfect fit, specific to each person. perforated backplates offer plenty of space to hang favorite kitchen utensils. simple wing bolts paired with bent-steel components make moving the location of objects convenient and quick. utensils are visible, easily accessible, and ready to use.

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module 2

 

 

 

 

open storage area permits collection and storage in one central location. this is particularly helpful for users with restricted mobility or those that desire a modern, sleek cooking space. heavy, difficult objects such as large pots and pans are always an issue. an extendable hose, like those often seen in professional kitchens, can effectively wash and rapidly fill pans or kettles. the sink features a sloping wall that aids in sliding pans to and from the work surface, and two steel plates can be used to cover the sink for drainage or additional storage.


detail of the sink with laser-cut steel covers

 

 

 

a milled slot in the work surface stops ingredients like bread from sliding around the surface, enabling the physically-impaired to do tasks without any additional auxiliary products. graters are difficult to use even with the benefit of both hands. ‘chopchop’ includes an embedded grater with several grate styles. They can be exchanged, which enables trouble-free cleaning. all grated fruits and veggies are collected in a removable drawer beneath the grater.

 

for chopping and slicing, a grid of steel bolts–inspired by woodworking benches–holds the ingredient in place. the grid can slide upwards to become an extra large grip for vegetables and fruits that are difficult to handle. a vice system holds and secures bottles, jars, and tins for opening and storage.


milled slot for bread and other ingredients


embedded grater that comes with a variety of different grates


module 2


experimentation: cooking with one arm


experimentation: cooking in a wheelchair


experimentation: cooking in a self-built suit that mimics disabilities of the elderly

 

 

 

designboom has received this project through its ‘DIY submissions’ feature, which welcomes readers to submit their own work for publication. see more designboom readers submissions here.

  • I think these workbenches are really “elegantly” designed. Bravo!

    Rich says:

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