Name: Bao Toaster
Designer: Studio Bup
Bao Toaster is a minimal design created by Canada-based designers Studio Bup. Made from natural and approachable materials, the Bao Toaster’s honest form seeks to demystify the common household toaster. Bao introduces a sense of tactility back into the toaster. Anything made of metal that cooks with heat is regarded with caution.
Why make an object that people are afraid to touch? Bao is handmade from ceramic, which is more heat resistant than metal and will warm up slowly, becoming comfortable to touch when toasting bread. As a result, the toaster becomes more enjoyable to use. It becomes an object of comfort – similar to your favourite coffee mug. I love the playful design and creative use of materials. For example, the wire looks like material used in jump ropes, and the power adapter is made of cork.