3306 Cheese Maker, 2014

Imperfect Design Launches the Cheese maker by Studio Makkink&Bey

Design, education and craft from the Netherlands and India merge together in the Cheese Maker, a design by Studio Makkink & Bey that was made for Imperfect Design. It was successfully presented at the 2014 Milan Design Week.

The Cheese Maker is a stack of handmade objects, to make homemade cheese with. The tower consists of a juicer, a milk jug, a spoon, a colander, a pan, a cutting board, a bowl, a cheesecloth and a press. Each product is hand-made of different materials such as wood, ceramics (blue pottery), metal, copper, cotton, soapstone and marble.

Similarities between The Netherlands and India are the basis for the design. The designers were inspired by the long tradition in cheese making, the history in craftsmanship such as ceramics, and the population density which resulted in a tradition of stacking houses and goods in both countries. The themes of knowledge transfer, development and education form an important thread in this project. Studio Makkink & Bey worked with a local trade school in Jaipur where crafts have a central role for the development of the Cheese Maker. Jurgen Bey: "In the Netherlands we see craft gradually disappear, whereas in India it is still part of basic education." Cooperation with craft groups in India offers opportunities to contribute to knowledge and education.