Alton Brown is famous for disliking what he calls "unitaskers" in the kitchen. Those are items that have just one use. He's usually talking about things gadgets that have a very narrow purpose. Like a caviar spoon.
But really, we have a lot of tools that have one basic use. Knives cut, graters grate, and ovens bake. And cutting boards are just a surface for holding things that you cut.
Sure, you could use a cutting board to smash something, but there are probably better things to use.
But what if a cutting board could do something else?
The Origami Cutting Boards from Mastrad (they come in a set of two) fold up and snap together to form bowls. It's kind of a neat idea, particularly for people who don't have a lot of storage space. And the folded bowls are kind of interesting looking. You probably wouldn't use them for a fancy dinner, but they'd be great for snacks or casual affairs.
Who's it for: Great for folks who are short of storage space and people who like quirky bowls.
Pros: Dual-use item. Easy to store. Dishwasher and microwave safe.
Cons: Once they've been folding into bowls, they don't lay completely flat, so they're not the perfect cutting board for all purposes.
Wishes: These would be awesome if they came in different colors.
Source: I received this from the manufacturer for the purpose of a review.