The pieces are molded from flexible silicone to encourage chefs and diners to play with their food

Designed by Royal College of Art graduate Lina Saleh, this collection of plates and bowls molded from flexible silicone and traditional ceramics encourage us to play with our food and fully soak in the culinary experience. Named the ‘Living Plates’ collection, each piece has its own wiggle or wobble when coming in contact with a utensil, and is intended to challenge chefs on their creativity in presentation.

Living Plates can be folded in half like a taco shell or inverted altogether to form a different shape. They can slow down eating by making it difficult to pierce and cut through your food. Soups and beverages are especially fun to jiggle around. Ideally, with the right culinary finesse, they can entirely change the experience of a dish.

“I designed these plates to enhance the bond between the plate, the diner and the food,” Saleh told Co.Design. “They respond to touch, coming to life and thus changing our interaction with a plate. They add a new layer to what plateware can achieve, thus changing our perception of it, but also adding a new tool for a chef to express himself.”

To lessen the instability of the plates and bowls, each piece of the set was customized to achieve the right type of movement and control while eating, Saleh explained. Yet, despite the nuances that go into crafting the pieces, Living Plates remain inexpensive to produce, and therefore easily scalable to match Saleh’s ambitions for the project. For just pennies apiece, you could produce the charming, wiggly plates and bowls by the thousands.

“I hope that these plates can help inspire chefs and challenge their plating abilities, but also, enhance the experience of a diner by connecting him to an inanimate object that responds to his touch, giving them a sense of enjoyment and surprise,” said Saleh, who hopes her fun dishes will become the new fidget spinners for adults. “But mostly, [I want to] change our views on what the future of plate ware can be: no longer static, but moving and responding, connecting us to our food more.”

Living Plates

Designed by Royal College of Art graduate Lina Saleh, this collection of plates and bowls molded from flexible silicone and traditional ceramics encourage us to play with our food and fully soak in the culinary experience. Named the ‘Living Plates’ collection, each piece has its own wiggle or wobble when coming in contact with a utensil, and is intended to challenge chefs on their creativity in presentation.

Living Plates can be folded in half like a taco shell or inverted altogether to form a different shape. They can slow down eating by making it difficult to pierce and cut through your food. Soups and beverages are especially fun to jiggle around. Ideally, with the right culinary finesse, they can entirely change the experience of a dish.