London-based designer Roger Arquer has designed the 'Nut Hammer,' a modern take on a childhood object he regards with fondness and affection, for the Danish brand Menu.
Arquer was inspired by a nutcracker his uncle owned; it was comprised of a wooden bowl, complete with a distended island at the center, where the nut would rest. The nut would be whacked with a wooden mallet, a process which, according to Arquer, exuded "performance and theatrical[ity]."
With the Nut Hammer, Arquer endeavors to retain that dramatic element, while minimizing the size. The design essentially condenses the performance into a simplified, compact form. The final product is similar to a hammer, featuring a traditional wooden handle and a stainless steel head, which removes so that the walnut can be inserted.