Origami Design is the Swiss Army Knife of Spoons

Design & Architecture

The Polygons a multi-functional measuring device that can be stored flat and folded to form scoops of different sizes

Vashti Hallissey
  • 8 august 2014

When you use a spoon to eat ice-cream or stir your coffee, improvements to the design are probably the last thing on your mind. It’s likely that you have other things to think about. But one designer has boldly gone where no man has gone before, to make major improvements to this essential utensil.

The Polygons by National Institute of Design studentRahul Agarwal looks nothing like an ordinary spoon. It’s a rectangular piece of polypropylene with a pattern of lines etched onto it alongside some measurements.

These lines are hinges that enable the user to turn the fabric into a spoon. When you fold the Polygons in half lengthways, it forms a triangular scoop at the end. By holding it at various points, marked by the numbers, you can change the size of this scoop. There are four different size options, from teaspoon to tablespoon.


Agarwal envisions the all-in-one device as a huge help to amateur cooks. He explains on his website:

Not everyone can afford the luxury of a set of measuring spoons, for finer tuning of their cooking, thus they have to make do with estimating the ingredients using a single standard spoon. This might be ok for seasoned cooks, but anyone new to cooking will have difficulty doing so.

The all-in-one device is so versatile that it would be useful in many situations. Agarwal also envisions shop vendors using the Polygons and it also being incorporated into perforated packaging. It could replace the standard spoon at home, be used by campers and people caravanning and it’s light enough for anyone to carry around.


Instead of using a plastic spoon with takeaway items, you could simple unfold the Polygons in your pocket. Its potential to replace disposable spoons is important to Agarwal, his website states, “Polygons is extremely cost effective and does its bit to reduce environmental clutter”.

As it folds out flat, it’s easy to wipe the utensil clean and it’s also simple to store, you can even use it to bookmark your favourite recipe. This also has sustainable advantages, as packing and shipping the origami device would be a lot less environmentally damaging than doing so with standard metal spoons.

Also, instead of wasting thick or sticky liquids like honey that you cannot completely remove from a spoon, you can just wipe the flat surface against the edge of the bottle or jar.

Given the simplicity and practicality of the Polygons, it doesn’t surprise us that the design was a winner of the 2014 Core 77 Design Awards. Rahul Agarwal has come up with an ingenious design that improves upon an item most of us use every day.


[h/t] Core77

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