Archive for the ‘materials’ Category

Sushi as an iconic shape

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Apologies for the lack of posts this past month! I’ve been busy doing some pre-holiday travel to Hong Kong and NYC to visit family and friends. Now, on with the post…

A recent giveaway on NotCot reminded me of some links I had been collecting. First off, Japanese food is one of my favorite cuisines and as I was catching up with RSS feeds saw this Do’s and Don’t of sushi etiquette. A few things I definitely learned here! Like, dipping the fish and not the rice into the soy sauce. Hmm.. this would make an interesting place-mat for a sushi restaurant…
via TheWorldsBestEver

Sushi has been a constant trend in both the design and culinary worlds. As a very recognizable and iconic cuisine, the shapes, contents, and form of sushi is easily transferable to other objects. Even by changing the materials and contents of the ‘sushi’, we can still make the association through form and color… what do you think? See a collection of sushi toys after the jump and share your thoughts in the comments! (more…)

‘Fresh Label’ food packaging is brilliant

Monday, November 2nd, 2009



Fresh Label uses the hourglass to represent time that food has been packaged. When ammonia is released from the food, the label where the barcode is located changes color and can no longer be scanned at check-out.

False labeling on food is a worldwide concern. Many consumers carefully check the food labels, however, expiry dates typed on the labels in characters are easily faked and there is a limit for its reliability.

To solve such problem, we suggest a food label which changes its color by reacting to ammonia given off by food when it is becoming spoiled. When the food is no longer edible, the food label makes a barcode non-scannable and non-purchasable with pattern. This food label is reliable and difficult to counterfeit since it directly reflects freshness.

Learn more about Fresh Label and To-Genkyo via PSFK.

2 collections of Dried Fruit Jewelry

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009



Love that artists explore with just about any medium and material.  Gorgeous, edible art! Reminds me a bit of RingPops.

Using only a silver ring and a dehydrator, a jewelery designer transforms fruit into wearable art. These rings are made with a simple silver ring that is then topped with slice and segments of various dried fruits. The results are completely edible and play with the notion of jewelery as a precious art. Each ring will slowly decompose and eventually disappear if it isn’t eaten first. The rings are made from fruits such as oranges, plums, kiwis, apples and beets.

More ‘dried fruit rings’ at DesignBoom


Snow Castle

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I know we are all excited for the lovely spring weather that has begun to hit us, particularly in New England. And I don’t mean to bring back any bad winter memories with this post!


Nonetheless, the SnowCastle Hotel in Kemi, Finland looks amazing. Recently closed for the season (January to April), there’s a SnowRestaurant and IceBar, Art Gallery, and Chapel in this 18 room Castle that also has 2 group rooms and a Honeymoon Suite. All can be enjoyed in the -5 degree Celcius temperature.

View more photos here.

via CoolHunting

Boxed Water is Better

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009


Boxed Water is Better rids the concept of plastic water bottles with renewable packaging and donates 20% of profits!

via CoolHunting

links on Food-Related-Design

Saturday, February 14th, 2009


  • Paper Water Bottle… in response to American laziness? or truly an innovation with materials?
  • A blurb about the Paris de Chefs trade show: Simplicity and function expressed with inspiration from food
  • Check out Felix, a Philippe Stark designed restaurant in Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel

see previous set of links here

food gadget (2 of 2)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009


The patent pending FoodLoop is…

The first heat-resistant silicone food trussing tool designed to replace kitchen string and toothpicks in the prep and cooking process.

View video and buy ($10/each) from FusionBrands, who also makes previously posted IceOrb.

food gadget (1 of 2)

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

, finger food utensils. Interesting to say the least… a practical solution to avoid messiness and washing your hands before you eat. Does this alter the full experience we have when eating with our hands..? Does it improve the experience? These little finger gadgets look sort of like falcon-claws…be prepared to rip into those wings! (Thanks for the link Vivian!)

paper-thin table

Monday, December 22nd, 2008


“Surface Table” by Established & Sons measures 3 meters x 2mm thick (nearly 10 feet long and .08 inches thick)! An interesting way to bring technical materials into a function of everyday. Made of layered carbon fiber from the autosport/aerospace industry and available in walnut veneer or unidirectional natural carbon fiber finish.

via Wired