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pear whisk project

An assignment where we were tasked to dissect a fruit or vegetable, ultimately would be inspiration for designing a kitchen utensil or tool. 

Dissection results

As I dissected a pear, two details stood out and inspired me to utilize them as components of my whisk utensil.

Overall pear form:   The unique curve of a pear is unlike any other fruit. It fits comfortably in the hand - so I wanted to use this in the design.

The woven stem:   A pear's stem is composed of threads woven and intertwined together. The whisk head would eventually be woven metal.

Rapid prototyping with recycled materials

Within 5 minutes, we had to make a quick prototype of an idea to present in group critiques to use for further ideation of a utensil.

Materials used:   A wooden dowel, old glue stick, and a paper towel wrapped in duct tape.

First low fidelity prototypes

Using simple materials that are easy to morph, I created two potential ideas to further develop, mainly focused on the whisk head.

First idea:   This whisk shape was inspired by the seeds inside the pear. A good idea, but seems very similar to whisks in the market.

Second idea:   The whisk head is inspired by the overall pear shape. *It is the design I progress further with.

Handle exploration

After focusing and deciding on what the whisk head would be, I created several variations of a handle that I eventually tested on over 10 people for feedback.

Stem-inspired: The curvature at the end is to be placed against the palm as a resting spot and resists  falling or being let go.

Asymmetrical: The bottom has a dent in case a user whisks via the top, not the whole handle. It provides multiple ways of handling the whisk.

Most organic: This handle  embodies the shape of a pear;  the slope and curvature is very evident.

Big body: This handle has an oval-ish shape, representing the body of a pear. It is similar to the one above, but not as organic due to having a robust form.

Last prototype before the final model

The two most popular handles were expanded upon to be evaluated again to decide which would be the best option to use.

Versatile and elegant: This handle was preferred because asymmetrical elements allowed users to diversify how they held the handle and used it.

Curved and weighted: This handle was rejected due to the shape being very basic and lacked versatility.

Final whisk design

The design kept the asymmetrical components that come with fruit; every pear is different and has dents, bumps, and curves. It also allows for multiple methods of handling the whisk and both left and right handed individuals can find comfort in any position.