THE BACK YARD OF MY HOUSE
- TABLEWARE -
2016 - Unique Sculpural Tableware
PH credits by Nima Ashrafi
In the backyard of my house we haven't heard about the proverb that says "do not play with your food". This series of dishes are based in the idea of considering play as feed for our soul and was a commission for Steinbeisser, an experimental gastronomy project in Amsterdam (NE) in 2016. The Experimental Gastronomy brings together renowned chefs and artists for a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. Food and drinks are entirely plant-based (vegan) and sourced from local organic and biodynamic (Demeter) producers. Artists create cutlery and dishware that celebrates experimentation and the search for new ways to enjoy food. The dinners showcase contemporary cuisine at the highest level, uniting design, gastronomy, and nature.
To create this pieces, I hand carved upcycled stones from diverse corners of the Stone Valley of
Idar-Oberstein (DE) and combined them with selected precious woods from Latin America. A blend of colour and movement combined with metaphors and my aim to explore the backyard of my house (my unconscious). A set of playful and non-conventional tableware is born to transform your dining table into a festive playground.
"I love colour and movement when I design and hand-carve all my serving pieces," says Eva Burton Skyping from Idar-Oberstein near Frankfurt, Germany. Originally from Buenos Aires, Burton works in wood, granite and agate. Monocycle, like all her serving pieces, rocks gently from side-to-side when touched. Sculptural on their own, they become artisanal showpieces for appetizers, cheeses and petite desserts. Says Burton: "I want to be able to change the table into a daily playground that says 'welcome home.'"
Special to The Globe and Mail Canadian Newspaper
Published April 4th, 2017