Cheese graters are an essential part of any efficient kitchen, but they also seem to be considered an important design reference judging by the variety of cheese grater innovations. The good ol' fashion cheddar shredder has undergone several makeovers. Some are crafted simply to improve upon the grater's aesthetics, while others look to save your knuckles from abuse. Whatever the reason, these alterations to the classic are as clever as they are functional.
What is most surprising is just how many places cheese grater references pop up. Everything from cars to public service announcements utilize the sleek, yet slightly intimidating styling of this kitchen standby. Artists use it as a metaphor for the harsh realities of everyday life and if you've ever been nipped by a grater, you'll understand why.
Not just for cheese anymore, these cheese grater innovations illustrate our growing preoccupation with the unassuming kitchen tool.
From Shredding Innovations to Luminous Kitchen Gadgets
Flip Phone Food Crunchers
The AdHoc Mini Grater Mobile is the Perfect Havarti-Shredding Handset
Critter Cheese Graters
The 'Scratch My Back' Predicts How We'll Dine in 2015
Retractable Cheese Shredders
The Satellite Multifunctional Grater Opens Up for Ease of Use
Cheese Grater-Inspired Designs
Upcycled Kitchenware Lights
Marius Scerbinskas Gives a New Purpose to Cheese Graters
Luminous Kitchen Gadgets
Cheese Grater Light Puts Unused Apparatus to Work
Cheese Grater Seating
Ricardo Garza Marcos' 'Lo' Lounger is Smoother Than it Looks
Cheese Grater Room Divider
More Upscaled Kitchen Objects
Hidden Compartment Food Boards
The Chopp Cutting Board is Designed for Multitasking Chefs
Scary Skin Photography
The How Life is for a Butterfly Kid Campaign is Impactful and Inspiring
Cheese Grater Architecture
The Arching Rotterdam Market Hall by MVRDV
Cheese Grater Park Slides
Bizarre Playgrounds as Art? Really?