Objects for food discovery
The Oval Series includes pieces intended for use both in restaurants and in the home with some modifications to the traditional forms of tableware. One of the design criteria revolves around the issue of prehension, creating serviceable plates that are easily grasped or held. The round plate is transformed into an oval, extending larger borders outwards from the plate rim. The surface of the inside of the plate provides extra space for sauces, spices, and garnishes, a concern of many chefs when dealing with the more confined space of traditional round plates. Another innovation is inspired by new developments in Japan, where plates with an elevated, angular rim are becoming popular as this angle can be used to trap food by pushing against it with fork or spoon. In this case, the concern with prehension extends to the grasping of the food itself.
The Tasting Tower and the Tasting Garden responds to the growing trend and interest in food sampling taking place in restaurants. The tower is a series of small dishes placed one on top of the other, offering users thermally warmed samples of a variety of foods. In this stacked form, upper dishes prevent heat from escaping the ones below, and the whole tower rests on a plate in which a depression to one side can be used for stacking the empty dishes once their contents have been consumed. Most importantly, the serving tower incorporates the notion of discovery into our eating experience, since each dish is only uncovered as the one before it has been eaten. The Tasting Garden is composed of a series of small thumb spoons to sample a variety of food for one person, or to be shared in a group at a party or event.