HOW CAN WE INTEGRATE THROUGH COOKING?
2017/2018 | Bachelorthesis | University of Wuppertal | Solo-Project
Bolle is a DIY handcart-kitchen, which can be brought to every imaginable place and invites people to have an interactive cooking experience and is the outcome of the task for my final project:
A SCALABLE PRODUCT TO CREATE A SPACE FOR ENCOUNTERS BETWEEN PEOPLE WITH AND WITHOUT MIGRATION BACKGROUND BY COOKING TOGETHER.
The notable rise of right-wing discourse and divisiveness in Germany’s public sphere sparked by an influx of refugees over the past years, led me to create an asset fostering togetherness
The kitchen was designed for Über den Tellerrand e.V., an organization that creates encounters between people with and without migration experiences through cooking, as sharing food is a powerful medium for bringing people together at eye-level.
_integration process of newcomers
_comparison of different integration projects in Germany
_analysis of different cooking and food cultures
_analysis of the organization Über den Tellerrand e.V.
Customer Journeys as participant of different integrational events at Über den Tellerrand e.V.
_Brainstorming of mobile/outdoor kitchens
_analysis and evaluation of relevant products
THE CONCEPT SHOULD...
Based on the concept requirements, I worked out different concepts of a pluggable or foldable kitchen that is placed on a handcard to be carried to the place of cooking.
The final concept is set up at the respective location using stable plug connections. The gas cooktops are located in the middle of the mobile kitchen, with space for up to eight people. This enables an interactive cooking process at standing height. For the subsequent meal together, the kitchen is reduced to seat heigh.
The design language should convince with simplicity: Visible connections, simple shapes, as well as surfaces and the naturalness of the used materials match to a DIY appearance.
The work surfaces can be removed during the cooking process so that one can stand closer to the stove. To enable a liquid cooking process, a trash can is integrated on one surface.
Bolle offers storage space for all kitchen utensils that are necessary such as pots, pans, dishes and a gas bottle. Even a spice cabinet, an oil compartment and a water-area are part of the concept. There is a magnetic board on one side of Bolle to discuss the recipes with ingredient-icons. The participants can take the recipe home by taking a picture with their smartphones and no translation or languge skills are required to understand it.
For the collective meal, the stove is removed and can still be used on the floor to heat tea or food.
Bolle consists almost entirely of recyclable or recycled materials that are cost-effective and easy to obtain: the individual parts are made of birch multiplex, a common, stable material. The drawers, same as the stool seats, are upcycled from food boxes and seat belts.
HOW TO BOLLE
A Bolle guide enables the replication of the mobile kitchen for the 30 subsidaries of Über den Tellerrand e.V. in Germany and for any other project that needs a Bolle. The guide explains in a visual way, that does not require any (German) language skills, what materials are needed and how the individual parts are assembled. The design of the guide supports the DIY-character of the overall concept through the sketched step-by-step pictures.
All parts from Bolle are manufactured in a CNC milling process. The files for the machine are open-source and available to the subsidaries of the organisatione or on request. A local carpenter can feed the CNC mill with the data and can produce all pieces. This ensures a local production of the product.
DO IT YOURSELF
The kitchen is assembled in a socially valuable, collaborative process. The construction does not require any professional manual knowledge: the individual parts from Bolle are designed for an easy assembling and then glued together. Therefore the kitchen is longlasting and durable for any upcoming cooking event.
HOW IS BOLLE NOW?
Bolle travels through Germany, bringing people together wherever he can. His first little brother was born in Wismar, made by a group of arcitecture students and some more siblings will follow this year. He even had the chance to travel to the Global Grad Show in Dubai presenting itself in full splendor to the visitors, according to the motto:
HOW DO WE DESIGN FOR LOVE?