Matarèl by Matteo Ragni

September 2017
Matarèl is a rolling pin in pyrex, designed by Matteo Ragni and created for a special food-design event presented during Milan Design Week.
The rolling pin is a very strong archetype in Italian culture, related to the preparation of food as scepter of
the one who holds the secret of working in the art of pleasure and a love for food. Here, the rolling
pin is no longer made of humble wood, rather, it is transparent as well as strong, despite its apparent fragility. “A bit like all Italian convivial culture, occasionally threatened by useless sophistications but always similar and faithful to itself”, comments Ragni.
There is a very strong image in the Italian culture linked to food preparation. It is the one of a cook who kneads the dough. Dough for bread, pasta, focaccia and pizza. The main tool, in many people’s mind, is the rolling pin. The sceptre of those who preserve the secret of kneading the dough by hand. The undisputed symbol of a skillset that will never disappear. Here the rolling pin is not made of humble wood any more. It is robust, transparent, and strong, although the material of which it is made might seem delicate just like the whole of Italian food culture, sometimes threatened by useless adulterations, yet always recognisable and loyal to itself.

DAMN°64 Food presents products that are creating waves in the kitchen. Says Productivity editor Patrizia Coggiola about the Choreographic Core trend:

"The kitchen is a stage set, where the elements are intrinsically ergonomic, designed to make a primordial connection between user and form, material, tools. Importance is given to contact, movement, and presence, with the items becoming an extension of our hands and arms, bringing us closer to a daily personal ritual. Value is attributed to the moment just before tasting."