At this year's Milan Furniture Fair, designers showed us that food is more than just a great source of vitamins and minerals, but an inspiring and fantastic medium for innovative industrial designs. Padiglione Italia invited 17 designers to explore food materials, and they presented their work at the Foodmade exhibition at Ventura Lambrate during the Salone del Mobile.
A/R Studio considers bread to be the most essential of materials. They created Pain Brut, a nest and shelter for birds that doubles as a source of food.
Design duo Lanzavecchia and Wai created Austerity, a series of furniture that is edible in times of crisis. The design encourages consumers to keep a reserve of basic nutrients in their home.
N.I.P.S is a collection of tableware made from stale bread and natural resin. Usedesign explores both the production and consumption of food.
Uovodesign used chocolate as a raw material to create objects. They made a range of cookie jars with fragrant chocolate lids.
Foodscapes is a set of bowls made of leftover food materials, such as peanut shells. The design is the work of Who Made It and Michela Milani.
Studio Natural created Bacco, a collection of unique pieces employing some of the same processes involved in making wine.
This Transubstantia Paganus tableware is made of sacramental church bread by Ctrlzak. The sacramental bread is used to symbolize fragility.
Antonio Arico has taken the concept of food as a raw material right back to the source. He made garden furniture of olive wood, inviting guests to polish the wood with an olive oil he also encouraged them to taste. The project is called Taste of Wood.
Alhambretto used food to explore a chemical process. By mixing salt, vinegar, ammonia and tartar cream, they created a commonly used taste enhancer. The surface of the copper Patina bowl oxidizes in the process.
Caruso D’Angeli Studio created Semen, boxes made of plaster, mixed with spices and essential oils. Each box holds a fruit pip at its center.
Tofu Chair by Leonardo Talarico turns the tasty bean curd into a durable material for building.
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