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The transformation of the gravy spoon

During assignment 2, tools, our team explored several tools which are used in kitchens in different cultures.

Since we had teammembers from Taiwan, Italy and Holland we looked in to that three cultures, with the following results:

After discussing the different tools we decided to develop the gravy spoon, for it is a really funny way to play with your food, managing the water in Dutch culture matches the managing of the gravy on your plate. We wanted to place this tool and the purpose of it into another context and therefore decided to use it in the Italian culture where people like to mix their coffee and ice cream into a delicious ‘Affogato’

In order to change the Dutch gravy spoon into the new design we researched the Dutch cultural dimensions and symbols to get into the aspects of the gravy spoon, why and how it is used and shaped the way it is. 

To complete this we compared the Dutch and Italian cultural dimensions to become aware of differences and similarities, so we would know how to develop the concept. 

We decided to change the big and rough gravy spoon into a delicate and gentile one since this fits the Italian culture the best. 
The outcome of the project is developed in a prototype which shows in a few pictures how are new concept would work, so everybody can enjoy their coffee and ice cream together in a delicate way form now on.
Kind regards, Yaya (Yin-Chih), Palma, Sasha and Xeï

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