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)

Bring Luck

Bring Luck

There are bowls that cannot be used because of small defects. And there are people around us that need these bowls. Bring Luck was made to make these bowls usable for people who need them, with a little birdie. By sticking the product onto the cracked areas, the bowls can be used even more usefully than new ones.

0 Designers: Huh Ka-young & Choi Jin-ah

Superstition in Design

Superstition in Design

You’ve heard the old rules. Don’t walk under a ladder. Be wary of a black cat. Never spill salt. It’s all superstition but many people today still follow those axioms so designer Stefano Oliva decided to have a little fun with it in creating Sale, a salt container you roll across the table. I wonder how they’ll react to this.

0 Designer: Stefano Oliva

Hot Bowls Make for Sad Fingers

Hot Bowls Make for Sad Fingers

I love me some pho – the epitome of Vietnamese cuisine, but anyone who has experience with serving hot soup of any kind knows you either pick it up by the rim or gingerly push it off the edge until your fingers can get underneath it. It takes skill and a kind of equilibrium prowess. The Take Easy bowl has a special base with just enough space for your fingers. An effective solution with a simple design.

0 Designers: Cheng-Wei Wang & Jiuan Mau Tzeng

Fork, Knife and Spoon Go Where?

Fork, Knife and Spoon Go Where?

The plastic cutlery set JOIN has a very unique and playful joining mechanism inspired by an old Japanese game. It challenges the classic table setting and toys with proper etiquette. It’s absolutely brilliant. I want it bad – functional and whimsical. Explains why it was awarded the Design Plus award.

0 Designer: DING3000 with Konstantin Slawinsk

Lighter Side of Dining

Lighter Side of Dining

Here’s one of those designs that looks at the lighter side of life. A dining tray set that is very Turntable-esque. Very often we come across such crazy juxtapositions that are quirky and cute. As Emir Rifat Isik puts it, “turntable + dining tray = fun design.” Superb!

0 Designer: Emir Rifat Isik

Edible Dishes

Edible Dishes

The following project is one with far fewer hard specs than it has big notions about how the future could be. This project is not a stack of dishes, nay, it is a dish creator. This “Piece of Plate” creator is responsible for the creation of the places where your main course meal will be sitting. Each plate produced will be edible in some way or another, it being organic and made of bio-degradable bits of our mother earth. I cannot speak for its taste.

0 Designer: Elisa Parucker

Democratize Coasters

Democratize Coasters

The proverbial coaster hasn’t changed much aside from constantly shifting between geometric shapes and designs. It’s main function has and will always be to protect surfaces from moisture and heat but the emboGarden goes a step further to accommodate anything larger than a mug. A group of mugs, coffee pots, tea pots, even cookware. Communal and democratized coasters yes?

0 Designer: Haeah For Connect Design

Tea for Two

Tea for Two

The Yin & Yang is a teapot designed for two people. So if one person prefers green and the other prefers red – you can prepare both of them inside this teapot . The spouts even double as the handle. Cool idea and looks quite beautiful too. Great opportunity here to show very contrasting teas.

0 Designer: Ewa Sendecka

Magical Seasoning

Magical Seasoning

The Magical Sapor combines my interests in cooking and dressing up as a fairy godmother into a set of seasoning wands. It’s easy to understand and the minimalist approach keeps the whimsicality in check. Love the idea. Needs a matching gown apron.

0 Designer: Arthur Xin (Se Xin)

Transmutive Tableware

Transmutive Tableware

There’s a vintage paradigm of tableware that may need to be reinvented to better suite modern living. “Slice” adopts the idea of transmutive tableware – soft plastic that can change form from cups to plates to bowls by using agraffes. It’s space efficient and much easier to clean when everything is essentially the same shape when unfurled. I love the idea.

0 Designers: Qing Ji & JiaYue Wu

Double Bowl All The Way

Double Bowl All The Way

Take a peek at this set of two steel fruit bowls that become one in the connecting. They slot together horizontally OR vertically. They can be connected in several ways that allow for lovely parties and all sorts of item placements. Stripe patterns and containers galore! These bowls have been manufactured by making the hemisphere using spun steel tech, then by creating slots using a three-dimensional laser cutting machine.

0 Designer: Sakura Adachi