Kitchen Accessories Created From Refrigerator Leftovers
Designers looked to create harmony between food and serving products.
Designing a product usually starts with a sketch or some 3d modeling on the computer. Japanese designers Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro and Yusuke Komatsu went a different direction and rummaged through the vegetable bin in a refrigerator looking for ideas. They found some leftover slices of onion, apple and lotus root. Noticing an interesting contrast in shapes between the sliced faces and the natural sides, the pair imagined new uses for each of the vegetables but it required capturing their shapes in a longer lasting material.
The result is Cut Piece, a collection of vegetable leftovers cast in pure copper. Kurasuhito Kurasutokoro’s idea was to merge food with products designed for the table. Like the original organic leftovers, the cast objects which don’t have a finish coating will develop their own patina and age over time. The shapes suggest use but are versatile enough to have multiple functions.
Onion segments separate to become chopstick holders.
Lotus root and onion slices can be used as trivets for tea kettles or hot cups.
Cherry stems can be used for serving appetizers.
An apple slice becomes a cookbook weight and page holder.
Appropriating objects for design isn’t new but these products contain both a very personal narrative and one most people can universally identify with. We all probably have an onion slice just like these lingering in our own fridge.
Cut Piece was shown at Japan@BKLYN DESIGNS, an exhibition of work featuring Brooklyn-inspired designers from Japan.