Tricky Tableware

Tricky Tableware

I love this thought-provoking design. The result of an exploration into how intangible entities can be transformed into useful physical objects that represent their likeness, the Shadow series of cutlery and tableware gives the illusion that each object is being lit from above by a single light source. Each “shadow” is actually a separate protective layer between the object and surface that guards against heat and stain. A great conversation piece.

0 Designer: Kijtanes Kajornrattanadech

Helping Form Balanced Diets

Helping Form Balanced Diets

More about highlighting an issue than developing an end-all solution, the Completing Absence collection of conceptual dinnerware is the result of an examination into the influence an object has over a user’s decisions. The stack-able ceramic plates balance perfectly only when arranged in the correct order, encouraging the user to eat recommended portions in a specified sequence while discouraging indulgence and shifting the user’s idea of satisfaction from excess consumption to task completion.

0 Designer: Petra Schmidt

Inflatable Furnishings

Inflatable Furnishings

The Bojaki collection of inflatable, foldable, flat-pack housewares & furniture aims to integrate the user into the manufacturing process, strengthening the user’s bond to the piece while easing on transportation & production costs. Though the fabric looks soft & squishy, it is very rigid making it sturdy enough to hang or hold the weight of a sitting person. Consistent use of buckles, strings, & eyelets to bind the unique fabric ensure aesthetic continuity though shapes & purposes vary from piece to piece.

0 Designer: Jy-Yeon Suh

The Science of Food

The Science of Food

When we sit down to eat we rarely consider the actual physical & chemical processes that occur in order to make our food as tasty as it is. If you think about it, a kitchen isn’t all that different from a laboratory. With this concept in mind, the Eating Objects series of “tableware tools” encourages diners to interact with their food on a multi-sensory level. Used in combination with an animation guided table, the user is instructed step by step to create their unique dish, creating a more in depth & challenging eating experience.

0 Designer: DesignGoat

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

New Store Promotes Post Graduate Design

Itchin’ for something new and different instead of the mass produced stuff on the market? Check out ContemporaryLab, an online store dedicated to promoting the very best post-graduate design. All of the products are unique and most are sustainably produced. The online concept was set up by Emma Brocklesby; an undergraduate, who worried about how she and other undergraduates, could work in design if employment opportunities remained scarce. With this in mind, she took the decision to start up her own business. Smart Girl!

0 Designers: Various

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass Production Gets Personal

Mass manufacturing doesn’t mean that products must sacrifice variation & individuality. Focusing on this concept, designer Thomas Hunt developed Mea, a line of ceramic tableware that allows users to personalize individual pieces through the use of ceramic additive manufacturing. Upon ordering, users simply input the date, time, location, & a personalized message which is then codified in an attractive & unique pattern onto the exterior of the object. An outstanding gift idea that won’t be soon forgotten.

0 Designer: Thomas Hunt

Between The Lines

Between The Lines

Inspired by the emotional connection between object and user, designer Camilla Fucili has created Between The Lines, a collection of dining objects that aim to inspire a sense of play and storytelling at the dining table. The collection includes common dining objects such as plates, utensils, glasses, and a tablecloth, but each presents a unique and articulate twist on the familiar.

0 Designer: Camilla Fucili

When a Knife and Fork Get Together...

When a Knife and Fork Get Together…

I spent several minutes staring at the Twin One knife and fork companion set. It’s a nice modern design by Adrian and Jeremy Wright (omg are you guys brothers?). Minimal, appears well balanced and definitely made for durability thanks to the nylon and over moulded rubber but the “awesomist” feature is the two can connect to form a sort of spring-loaded chopstick. I WANT ONE just to try it out. How about it guys? Oh, question… what’s up with the missing spoon?

0 Designer: DesignWright for Lékué

Turkish Coffee Set

Turkish Coffee Set

The 40 Years coffee set concept is a play off the Turkish proverb “a cup of coffee commits one to forty years of friendship.” The set is designed to facilitate the proper steaming and preparation of Turkish coffee by allowing the dregs to settle into the bottom of the ceramic tumbler. The glass cup beneath holds the all important liquor for a real kick. Everything neatly stacks together for storage. Turkish Coffee sets are usually ornate so it’s refreshing to see a modern version.

0 Designers: Alize Cetintas & Burak Kure

Portion Control with Meat

Portion Control with Meat

The original intent of PerfectPlate is to promote vegetarianism, however I want to look at in a different light. With the unique shape and design of the plate, it’s impossible to pile it high with food. This means eating smaller portions, perhaps a great tool for progressive weight loss. Yea, I’m battling the bulge on a daily basis and such mind tricks do help!

0 Designer: Dave Wu

Dining Table Puppetry

Dining Table Puppetry

I love to play with my left overs. I figure, someone is just going to throw away all the scraps so why not prepare it into something beautiful before it’s marched to the dark voids of a food disposal. Play is a physical expression of our imagination and we need more of. Damn the rules of etiquette! Puppets are flatware shaped like people starring Mr. Knife, Miss Spoon and the mysterious Lady Spoon. Ooo GIRL! I can already imagine the ensuing drama! Create your own stories at the dining table. I encourage it.

0 Designer: Su Jo-yin

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

An Angle on the Fruit Bowl

In its history, the fruit bowl has always been a central object of table culture. This “bowl” by Thomas Feichtner is a step beyond the traditional rounded body. The open design stabilizes the fruit in position and keeps surface contact to a minimum. In keeping with traditional Austrian design, the structure is composed of solid silver and contrasts nicely with the texture of any fruit.

0 Designer: Thomas Feichtner

Go Tea

Go Tea

Combining the ancient game of Go along with ritualistic tea can lead to disastrous results but Arthur Xin carefully masters that fine line in this homage tea set. The tray looks like a Go board. The teapot and cups look like oversized chess pieces. It’s the whimsicality mixed with minimalism that keeps this design from veering close to a thematic mess.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)