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Designer: Design Team
Company / Organization / School: Designmatters at Art Center College of Design
Team Members: DESIGN TEAM: Daniela Cardona, Marie Nguyen FACULTY ADVISORS: Sherry Hoffman, Krystina Castella, Arden Stern
Bahu, is a multifunctional ergonomic tool that is specifically designed for young girls. We found that many of them living in poverty needed to help with and sometimes take over their families household responsibilities. One of the biggest workloads and the most time consuming domestic chores is food preparation. With this in mind, we decided that our main goal was to give the girls an opportunity to have ownership of their life and their choices. By helping them control the time and the way in which they prepare food, there is an opportunity to empower girls by letting them make decisions and build a sense of accomplishment. Most of the girls prepare food for their families using only one knife because that is all they can afford. Taking this into account, we asked ourselves the question: How can we maximize the functionality of a knife? This lead to an intensive thinking process that ultimately lead to the creation of an affordable ergonomic tool with increased functionality.