Pedal Powered Kitchen Center An Idea Whose Time Has Come

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Photos Credit Christof Thetard

Back in the 60's the Nutone Kitchen Center was all the rage in high-end kitchens; The idea was that you would have a pile of different appliances and one motor to serve them all, built into the kitchen counter. But in the end it didn't make a lot of sense as electric motors were relatively cheap.

But what if you do not want to use electricity? The mechanism is going to take up a lot more space and perhaps be more expensive. Designer Christoph Thetard has designed the R2B2 "to reduce private electric waste production."

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John Pavlus at Fast Company calls it "almost genius" and I disagree; it IS Genius. It is built to last, designed for long life, high functionality, easy demounting and hiqh quality.

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The pedal and flywheel mechanism generates about 350 watts worth of energy, which Christof says "is enough for most of the daily works in the kitchen"

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There is a place for everything, including a hand mixer, a food processor, and a coffee grinder.

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It all looks so beautifully made as well, not a bit of plastic to be seen. And there is no reason to stop at just three appliances;


Nutone offered juicers, meat grinders and blenders. Christof could do the same. Except his would last for generations. More at Christof Thetard, found at Fast Company

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