Catalog Scout | Bento cut and prep set

Updated: 2012-12-09T02:32:43Z


The Kansas City Star

Inspired by a Japanese lunch box and his wife, designer Hlynur Atlason of New York created Bento, an unusual cutting board that doubles as a lid for a set of five measuring cups.

Atlason asked his wife, whose cooking he enjoys, to describe her dream kitchen tool. Her answer: something that combined organization with cutting and prepping.

Atlason’s Bento, for housewares company Umbra, includes a bamboo cutting board/lid that covers two 1-cup measuring cups, two 2-cups and a 3-cup. Food can tidily be cut, prepped and stored for a later time.

Atlason, a native of Iceland, has designed products for Ikea, MoMA, Microsoft and Xbox.

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