Whimsical Popcorn Machine Resembles a Minimalist Sculpture

The Popcorn Monsoon is probably unlike any popcorn-popping machine that you've seen before. Jolene Carlier designed this appliance to look fun and whimsical as well as functional. She thought that the popping process was a dull experience and wanted to make it more exciting by using this unconventional construction. The result is a unique invention that at first glance, could be a minimalist sculpture. It's only later that you realize the long, curved tube allows you to see the popcorn-popping action.

Using the Popcorn Monsoon is easy. To start, you uncork the small side tube and pour the kernels into the large, bright-yellow base. Flip the metal switch and wait for the seeds to heat up. As they pop, they travel through the transparent chute and to the other end. It's entertaining to watch the popcorn pile up and slide into the other basket, which yields the perfect amount for enjoying. Watch the short video below to see it in action!

Jolene Carlier website
Photos and video by Daantje Bons

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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