A scaled back kitchen tool
With no electric components, Balancerie is an innovative, but at the same time old-fashioned, kitchen scale. Just as in your grandmother’s kitchen, this scale uses a simple balancing system as the basis for measurements. By taking away the electronic gadgetry, Italian designer Marianna Milione and Xiaowei Yu want to bring you back to the values of traditional Italian cuisine: the simplicity and authenticity of home-made food.
Balancerie is composed of a gradated wood rod, a central support base, a small bowl and a counter-weight. All of the pieces have soft and rotund shapes that, with the off-white color, are more reminiscent of a cute egg than a kitchen scale.
The mechanics behind the idea are fairly straightforward. When the marker is placed at zero, the bowl is empty and the rod is balanced parallel to the counter. Move the marker to the weight you want to measure out and the rod will slope to one side. Gradually add the food to the empty bowl until the rod is balanced again and you have reached your desired quantity. Yes, we know this kitchen scale can’t be as accurate as an electronic one, but that’s part of the value of the project: the deliciousness of your grandma’s food came from a pinch of this and a pinch of that, in other words, a bit of imprecision.