See-Through Toaster Can Help Save Your Bread Before It Burns

Designer James Stumpf has reimagined a standard kitchen appliance as something that's both unconventional and beautiful. His updated concept transforms the everyday toaster from a plain metal box into a sleek and transparent, bent-bamboo structure. The device cleverly uses quick-cooling coils embedded within glass toasting trays, allowing you to watch your bread brown to perfection–or save it before it burns.

Stumpf has stripped his toaster of one of its most distinguishing features: the pop up mechanism. Calling that attribute “bizarre,” he replaces it with wide, easy-access slots. A digital touch screen tells the user when it's time to grab their food.

In addition to its striking design, Stumpf has also imagined this as a sustainable product. Bamboo and glass are both eco-friendly materials, and it uses minimal metal while avoiding plastics all together.

James Stumpf: Website

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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