Tag Archives: cutlery

More modern mobile tableware

17 Jul

Mobile tableware has been a central subject of this blog for a number of entries. The meal packagings that we looked at included the meal carrier variety: tiffins, rantangs, tingkats, pintos, sage jubakos, gamelles, henkelmänner and something that might be known as a mohinga but also picnic hampers, including travelling tea sets and travelling bars. Last year, in 2013, designer See Yew Siang received Honorable Mention at the Red Dot Design Awards for the pop-up tableware concept. It looks like a folder but opens out into a bowl-plate with a knife and fork that you can use, wash, dry and fold away to be re-used another day.  How’s that for an unusual item to carry with your tablet?



And you thought cutlery was for getting food from your plate to your mouth

12 Mar

Along comes Seoul-born Jinhyun Jeon, a Master of Arts graduate (Social Design) from Design Academy Eindhoven (remember fellow grad Jihyun Rou we mentioned here) and gives that idea a thorough shake-rattle-and-roll. Jinhyun’s MA thesis on Synthetic Sensorial Stimuli uses Synaesthesia as a source of design insight and then applies this to eating implements. Result: Sensorially stimulating tableware designed to make eating an experience rich beyond food.


The thesis is listed in the Graduate Show 2012 Project Directory here and here. Jinhyun started exploring how people visualize taste here,


then conceived the idea of cutlery as a sensorial appetizer here,


before designing a full tableware set using metal, plastics and ceramics here, which she sees leading to mindful eating and rediscovering a healthy and joyful relationship with food. Jinhyun worked with the 5 senses (hear, touch, see, taste, smell), 4 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, bitter) and 5 elements (temperature, colour, texture, volume/weight, form). (via dezeen)


Cutlery for the hungry

11 Mar


Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Mark Reigelmann (nice team photo). Goes by the name of Bite (see Portfolio/Objects/3, 4 & 5). Designed to highlight starvation and obesity.

About spoons

10 Mar

adbusters_max_temkin_oil_poster_kleinDesigned by Max from Chicago (first seen at adbusters).

More nudge-nudge wink-wink cutlery

9 Mar

xsilhouette-cutlery-series_jpeg_pagespeed_ic_VrfJSFyIR8_kleinIn Friday’s postfossil 5-fork-progressions there was a slowfood version with ever-smaller tines, designed to make you appreciate what you have to eat. You might be forgiven for thinking today’s spoons are more of the same. You wouldn’t be wrong in using it as a slotted spoon, though. But it was made to explore perceptions of value, repurposing  and recycling by artist and designer Anneke van Bommel of Toronto, Canada. She presented this work using abandoned vintage cutlery at the Radiant Dark Exhibition, organised by Canadian design product retailer MADE in 2010. The exhibition was titled Assets and Values.

In a postfossil world …

6 Mar

… we can use cutlery to nudge or effect change. Postfossil, a Swiss design collective did just that on the subject of eating less meat with their project 5 forks. The first progression takes a fork from being an implement with which it is difficult to one with which it is impossible to cut meat.


The second progression of anti-carnivore-cutlery is a statement on slow food: the smaller your fork the slower you eat.

pf_juri_cutlery_slowfood_01_webPostfossil have their product archive over at issu, see here. The Juri-Cutlery-Set can be found on pagespread 22-23.