Tapping into his passion for eco-social design, Italy-based designer Manuel Immler crafts a wooden, hand-operating mixer that makes sustainable values of conserving, long-lasting and energy efficiency its design maxim.
Anchored by: Diksha Jawle
Photographs: Courtesy Manuel Immer
Eco-social design student Manuel Immler pursued his Master’s degree in Eco-Social Design from the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano in Bolzano, Italy. And as a part of his master’s thesis to demonstrate the benefits of eco-design, Manuel created Pino — an electricity-free, multi-tool mixer prototype that can be fitted with several standard kitchen tools such as a whisk or a grinder. Inspired to create a sustainable and responsible design that helps reverse the negative impact commercial production has on the planet, Pino minimises energy consumption, transportation, waste and consequential negative environmental effects.
Living up to the concept of a sustainable lifestyle, CNC-cut wooden panels, brass gears and sheet steel forms the interior elements of Pino. With its housing made of pressed veneers of regional woods, it is structured on a cast iron base. Its frame consists of lasered sheet metal parts that hold the ball bearings, shafts and gears. Powered with three-gear traditional hand crank and flywheel, it converts manual exertion into energy at 50 to 1,000 rpm. Its gear modes can be changed by turning the wooden dial located on top of the unit. Pino is self-powered and capable of completing a variety of tasks, such as grinding, stirring, mixing, beating, squeezing, grating and whisking.