Portable Kitchen is a solution for people who travel often and have no access to stove. By using the technology of shape memory alloy, all the kitchen utensils can be stored flat without losing their functionality.

This concept has been featured in Yanko Design.


merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-02Design brief and target audience

Research and ideation

A better understanding of kitchen tools were first done through desk research, ad hoc interviews and observation. They were then reduced to just 7 kitchen essentials:

  1. Induction Cooker
  2. Chef’s knife
  3. Pairing knife
  4. Skillet
  5. Saucepan
  6. Cutting board
  7. Spatula

From this list, skillet and saucepan were found to be the bulkiest items. To solve this issue, a shape memory alloy technology was proposed, allowing the pans to pop out when heated and flatten back when washed and cooled down.

merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-03Solution and exploration

merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-04Shape memory alloy technology


merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-05Final concept in different stage of use


merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-06Proposed material and dimension


merwyn - portable kitchen portfolio-07Break down of components