So if we can’t explore a few crazy ideas in this blog, where can we? And with that liberating and mouth watering thought in mind, I thought I’d share with you a few designers who are cooking up a storm with their edible furniture and accessories. It’s clear, if you watch TV on ANY given evening, just how important cooking and food culture is to us in the UK, so it’s hardly surprising that designers are crossing over boundaries and expressing the sumptuousness of culinary delight in their interior products.
Now, you might have thought that jelly was something you used to eat at kids’ parties. But, it seems, jelly has gone all grown up. Bompas & Parr create fine jellies and bespoke jelly moulds. Their ‘Neon Jelly Chamber’ was inspired by the legendary Antonin CarÃªme, head chef to Napoleon and Tsar Alexander amongst others. They have also made a series of moulds based on the architecture, including St. Paul’s Cathedral and Buckingham Palace. It’s a wobbly line between food and art sometimes.
Tomas Alonso sheds (or should that be breads?) some light on the issue of edible design. His ‘Bread Light’ is made from a Spanish Empanada recipe. The lamp takes the form of an iconic Angle Poise design. Incredibly, the lamp is fitted with cable and bulb and actually works, so there is nothing half-baked about it.
‘Let Them Sit Cake’, by Dejana Kabiljo, reflects the fine tradition of Viennese pastry. This flour bag and oozing chocolate topping design is actually, believe it or not, a sofa. Obviously it’s not actually made from the food itself (that could get messy) but aims to add a sprinkle of joy, optimism and sweetness in these times of economic difficulty.
The ‘Autarchy’ collection, by Forma Fantasma, similarly focuses on these difficult economic times. Paying homage to the ‘uncomplicated, the simple and the everyday’ where nature is ‘cultivated, harvested and processed to feed and make tools to serve human necessity’. The collection is formed of various vessels made from flour, agricultural waste and limestone with colour being added using spices and vegetable extracts. Their straw brooms are also really beautiful.
I also really like Julia Lohmannâ€™s seaweed lamps and other assorted objects from her ‘Kelp Constructs’ creation. I think the seaweed works particularly well as a lamp because of its beautiful natural colours and tones.
And how about this ‘Starch Chair’ by Max Lamb. It’s a really bold and positive step to design furniture that is not only easily biodegradable but also completely edible. How would you fancy trying to digest your current sofa? The starch can be easily moulded into the desired shape so it has incredible potential in terms of sustainable furniture design.
All of a sudden Iâ€™m feeling rather peckish. I can’t imagine why.