here are three products I developed for the exhibition FOOD WORK which currently showing in Tokyo.
Angelo is a purebred espresso cup, petite in size and with a generous rim that is friendly both to the lips and the eye. The characteristic rim offers a unique, tactile experience and further enhances the tasting experience of the coffee. Espresso has always been about quality, activity and simplicity, and true to this idea the traditional handle on a cup has been replaced with a single arm extending out from the rim.
Angelo is named after the Italian entrepreneur Angelo Moriondo who drafted the first patent of a espresso machine.
Place is a set of trivets that is designed with as much emphasis on when they are in use as when they are not in use. Trivets are generally covered up when in use or stowed away when not in use, but I wanted to design an object that can be stored in sight on the table as a sculptural piece. The linear profiles on the surface of the trivets act as cooling ribs when you place something hot on them and as a positioning guide when they are stacked. The profiles on the top and bottom of the trivets have different angles, creating an interesting graphic display when they are stacked.
The rounded silhouette of the Grow pots balance what appears to be an ordinary piece of wood. A strong Neodymium magnet attached at the bottom of the pots lock them in an upright position while at the same time allow for free movement within the tray. The shape of the pots grows from the tangent point and all the way up, providing plenty of internal space to grow herbs and plants. The Grow series is ideal for a little home garden of herbs and creating various installations with the pots. The pots are made by one of the few ceramic manufacturers in Norway, located in the South-Eastern part of the country. The clay in this area is ideal for pottery and sourced from right outside the factory.
Food Work is an independent project initiated by Torbjørn Anderssen and Espen Voll, two of the founders of Norway Says. 21 designs by 8 Norwegian designers are to be shown at Tokyo Midtown Hall during Designtide Tokyo 2012 from October 31st to November 4th.
As the title indicates, the topic of the project is food: storage, preparation, presentation, and eating. These objects spring out of simple and ordinary, yet essential and vital, actions that tie people together across cultural differences. The objects are designed for everyday situations in Norway – they are Norwegian. However, we have been inspired by Japanese culture, or rather by our particular understanding of Japanese culture. In other words, we have attempted to make Norwegian objects that could also be relevant to Japanese living. Our goal is to draw inspiration and knowledge from how our work is experienced in Tokyo.
The exhibitors are Espen Voll, Torbjørn Anderssen, Cathrine Maske, Hallgeir Homstvedt, Kristine Five Melvær, Petter Skogstad, Kristine Bjaadal and Per Finne.
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