When kitchenware manufacturer Zyliss wanted to produce a grater, they turned to Rodd, a UK-based industrial design consultancy. "We were asked by Zyliss to identify innovations," the firm writes, "to help differentiate their next generation box grater. Their kitchen tools are known for simplicity, efficiency and small but significant touches that make the user smile. However, when Zyliss approached the box grater category, they saw that most competing brands had the obvious bases covered."
In figuring out what the innovation would be, Rodd conducted research and held user observation sessions. Hot-Dip Galvanized Steel Grating
You can see more of Rodd's work here.
I also like how it doesn't have a rolled edge on the top or bottom, so you can grate with a full length stroke instead of shortened and needing to rotate the cheese 180 degrees because the bottom edge gets grated more than the top.
Uses plastic and mixed use plastic, not good for recycling. Why could this not be an all metal durable product?
A plus point that isn't mentioned: the blades appear to be made by either a laser-cut or acid-etched process, either of which result in a far sharper (faster, better, safer) grater than the stamped / pierced graters that are sadly too common. Once you've used a sharp grater or zester, you wonder why you ever tolerated a blunt grater.
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