Pivot Toaster by Nicholas Baker and Brandon Gilmore
A conceptual flip open toaster inspired by the motion of pulling a book off the shelf. The toaster has a simple slider with color indicators to adjust the brownness of the toast. Pivot automatically flips open when the toast is done and allows you to easily insert and retrieve the toast without burning your fingers.
We designed Pivot through researching two notable designers, Naoto Fukasawa and Santiago Calatrava, and taking inspiration from their design philosophies. We also dissected a toaster and looked into problems of existing toasters. From there we ideated and created sketch models. We then built a working model out of mdf, urethane foam, and aluminum. The single slice toaster could easily be expanded width ways to be able to toast more bread.