Plate up: Tableware designed as canvas for food

06 : 08 : 2013 Glass : Geometric Design : Graduate Design

London – The rise of Epicureanism means food is increasingly seen as an art form, yet often such works of culinary art are displayed on mundane tableware. The Royal College of Art (RCA), the School of Form in Poznan in Poland, together with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Polish heritage manufacturer Cmielow Porcelain have collaborated on an exhibition, Art Food, in which the tableware is as refined as the food.

Students from the RCA’s Ceramics and Glass design programme were asked to create pieces that were functional yet idiosyncratic. Rachel Cox’s Tessella, for instance, consists of geometric plates that fit together in different ways, letting diners compose their plates however they please, like a more flexible, modern tv dinner plate.

Enhancing the beauty of food, the Art Food exhibition is a great example of our Form Follows Ritual microtrend. The tableware will be on display at the Flow Gallery during the London Design Festival. To see more innovative design, look out for our coverage of the festival, which will take place on 14–22 September.

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