Blender, blender, whisk, chopper, grater, but also frother, potato masher and coffee grinder. These are not eight kitchen tools, but accessories to go with Nathan Hubert and Mano Silberzahn’s innovative appliance.
These two twenty-three-year-old Frenchmen, recent graduates of the Strate design school, won over the judges of the James Dyson award with their all-in-one concept. “The idea was to develop a multifunctional kitchen tool that could be easily disassembled so that the consumer could repair it himself,” explains Nathan Hubert.
To do this, they constructed a device that anyone can disassemble: its skeleton is simple, the screws are visible. And there are no external welds or parts glued together. In the event of a breakdown, the online platform allows the user to identify it, get spare parts and repair it with tutorials.
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Machine design is not just about saving money. It also aims to combat the obsolescence of electronic objects. Because small household appliances are the main source of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) in the world: 17 million tonnes are thrown away every year.
“Products sold commercially are not meant to be disassembled,” explains Mano Silberzahn. So they are mostly irreparable. However, the most common faults are often very easy to fix… if we give people the means to do so. »
Eco-friendly, small appliance repairs are included in the government’s anti-waste law. From 1 January 2021, it forces traders to provide a repairability index for products most commonly found in homes, such as window washers, smartphones, laptops or televisions.
However, small household appliances are not – yet – covered by this provision. Nathan Hubert and Mano Silberzahn estimate that their project will be ready to enter the commercialization phase by the end of 2023.