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 too strong a flavor for most uses. Garlic presses do not account for the more subtle flavor to which slicing, chopping and mincing lend themselves.
My goal was to design a beautiful, hassle free tool that addresses the need for different garlic preparations.