Design often elevates humble, everyday necessities into desire objects (for good, and for bad), and this smart garlic chopper by UK-based kitchenware designers Joseph Joseph is a perfect example of beautiful design for mundane things. Who knew that the act of chopping garlic could receive so much care?

The Rocker is a stainless steel arc with perforations at its base, meant to crush garlic into perfectly minced pieces– with a little downward pressure and a rocking motion, garlic is pushed through the holes, turning into uniform pieces. The design keeps in mind how difficult it can be to wash the typical garlic chopper, so its gentle curve can be cleaned easily with running water, while the stainless steel keeps the garlic smell at bay.

From the Joseph Joseph website:

Once crushed, the garlic pieces are held in the shallow bowl, allowing them to be spooned or scraped easily into a pan. Additional cloves can also be crushed at this stage before emptying.

When finished, the unit can be rinsed under running water and used to gently rub the hands and fingers to reduce any garlic odour (stainless steel is thought to remove the strong odours left from handling garlic).

I’m not a big proponent of owning single-use gadgets, but this seems like a handy thing to have around– and would probably make a nice gift for any culinary-minded friends. Plus, its only $15! (Also, I had fun noting that Jeannie Jeannie is reviewing a product made by Joseph Joseph. Ha!) [Via Fast Co. Design.]

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