Steam Roaster by Compeixalaigua Design Studio


Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

Compeixalaigua Design Studio of Barcelona have created a range of flexible silicone dishes for steaming and serving food.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

Created for silicone manufacturers manufacturers Lékué, the bowls can be turned into heat-proof steaming dishes by inserting a tab on one side of the bowl into a slot on the other side.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

When wrapped up like this, the open ends of the dishes allows air to circulate, steaming the food inside.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

Here's some more information from the designers:


The Steam Roaster designed by COMPEIXALAIGUA DESIGNSTUDIO based in Barcelona, for the household silicone brand Lekue. The Steam Roaster is a multifunctional bowl; it takes the advantage of silicone’s flexibility to change its shape.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

On a closed position it combines the best from steam cooking plus a crunchy finishing produced by the air circulation from its opened ends. When opened it is merely a bowl, but you can prepare, weigh and mix all the ingredients and even serve straight from the oven, just one piece for the whole process from kitchen to table.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

This product exemplifies most of the studio’s approach in front of the design process. It is focused on the user as the most important piece of a product “How does a user modify or affect the object?” and material honesty. Material honesty in terms of a design process that respects what is it going to be made of, how and why.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

Lekue is a silicone manufacturer so the object should respect that, it has to be made in a manner that it could only be made in silicone. It should have the benefits of a silicone piece, and its production process. That’s where the final function and shape comes from. This product was conceived to allow anyone simply to use it, there’s nothing to learn apart from recipes, its shape is so obvious that doesn’t require any explanation.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

How was the user involved into the design process of this product? In a manner that the final object respects the user. Easy to use? It can be opened or closed just with a single touch. No need to fiddling with a really hot piece right out of the oven! Easy to wash? Its shape is so simple that you can’t find a single shape to retain food rests. Easy to store? It can be stacked or stored rolled, and as a silicone piece, it can be squeezed as much as needed.

Steam Roaster by COMPEIXALAIGUA Design Studio

Platinum Silicone, guarantee of an optimum quality.
Designer: COMPEIXALAIGUA, Spanish designer
Versatility: conceived to withstand sharp temperatures, - 60 °C up to + 220 °C.
Flexibility: Easy to use, close and transport
Hygienic: Easily washed in the dishwasher. Does not retain smell and flavours
Ideal size: 1-2 persons

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Posted on Monday November 29th 2010 at 6:30 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • yes!

    I want one, no! Three! I want 3!

  • This is a wonderful example of design thinking being useful . . . though I wonder if it imparts a flavor . . .

  • Clever idea, it reminds me banana's leaf!

  • carla

    Where do we buy these?

  • Xavi

    Try and choose country or language.
    In Spain there are plenty of shops, and is starting to spread in Europe (France & Portugal), but it may take a little time for other countries…

  • Afferz
  • I wish there was a place in the States where I could buy these online or in a store.

    Seeing these in Kroger or at a neat local place like Jungle Jims ( would be awesome!

  • felix

    there have been loads of designs like this recently, they all fail to improve upon existing kitchen products.

    I have a spatula at home which is several years old and uses this material (reinforced with steel within the rubber). It's still the best use of the material in the kitchen that I've seen.

  • luis
  • stillunwritten

    finally clever idea with a nice design. practical ;and well designed.

  • Quite cute, but my oven marks 290°C on the highest temperature. It would melt at that temperature, wouldn't it?

    • Xavi

      This silicones are prepared for cooking, it's marked to resist from -60ºC to 240ºC, sure it'll resist some more.
      But even if your oven marks 290ºC, cooking temperatures are about 180-220ºC, so don't worry about that, you'll never melt it!!

      • bach

        is it healty to cook with plastic?

        • Xavi

          Silicone is not plastic, and this is made out of a special silicone prepared for food, actually called "platinum" wich is 100% prepared for cooking. So just to answer, yes, it's 100% save and healthy!