There are many tools in the kitchen that we take for granted. While paying close attention to knives, pots, pans and ovens, things such as graters and cutting boards are often neglected. After all, they’re not on display in the kitchen that often, but that’s probably because there isn’t much to look at in the first place. Cutting or chopping boards, in particular, are kept even less in the spotlight as they are almost always expected to become stained and dirty over time. Also, they don’t have many purposes other than food preparation, which are stored after use and after cleaning. Of course, this is just by tradition and there is no reason why a cutting board shouldn’t be more than that. For example, this wooden board is pretty enough to show off, but it actually has a few more tricks up its sleeve thanks to a single cut.
Designer: Context Design
Of all the kitchen appliances, the cutting board is probably the simplest. Its most basic requirement is a flat material that can withstand slicing and chopping with a sharp knife. Bonus points are that the material is not stain resistant or easy to clean, keeping its pristine look and texture over the years. That’s why most cutting board designers try to mix things up by using different types of materials and colors, including clear tempered glass, to produce an attractive yet functional piece for your kitchen.
At first glance, Mudra may actually seem relatively plain, but its simple appearance has its charm. The board, made of solid oak or beech, is already quite handsome in its own right. Unlike most wooden cutting boards, it has a very distinctive notch on its stem. However, this cutout is not just a whimsical ornament and is probably the main attraction of this board.
This cavity serves as a handle for cut and chopped pieces and a kind of funnel when you need to pour the contents into a container. All edges and corners of most cutting boards are perfectly flat, which means there is a tendency for pieces to fall out during the process. A small change in the basic shape of a cutting board, but one that has a big impact on the tool’s usability and flexibility.
This notch also acts as a kind of handle when carrying the board upside down. This turns the cutting board into a tasting board perfect for displaying pieces of cheese, meat, and fruit, and is also a way to serve them fresh off the cutting board. Another example of how this simple design change has turned this cutting board’s world upside down, making it both a functional kitchen tool and a beautiful platform to showcase your culinary skills.