Design around the Table


Two young designers are getting inspiration from the ways we eat into creating food-relevant, non-edible objects…


Good design and good food have several things in common: for example they both often move around a table. The recent work of Loukas Angelou and Vasso Asfi, founders of the London based STUDIOLAV, explores exactly this concept. How conviviality, heritage and memories can influence the aesthetics in objects that surround us and our eating habits. From their designer baking stamps to the weave crockery, the two have been focusing big part of their creativity on the objects related to taste.

We caught up with them for a chat.

How did you start making work connected to food?
At first it happened accidentally, but,  we later realized that our cultural background, our childhood memories and the culinary rituals of our native Greece, were being strongly influential to our work. The way we were brought up gave us a great richness in terms of culinary references.

This is quite obvious in your kitchen stamps, which are clearly inspired by the “prosforo” bread stamp of the Greek orthodox church, correct?
Well, you see in that case we were commissioned to create something inspired by the traditional quote “bread and olive”. The Skoufa Gallery in Athens, asked us to think and develop a contemporary version of folklore. So we chose the Tweed Herringbone and the Pied de Poule fabric patterns to create a new-old tool for making fashionable cookies. The concept evolved gradually: first came the olive wook as a material and then followed the rest. The fashion designer Haizehn Wang, asked us to make couture biscuits for his latest show in London.  We’d say that we are inspired by heritage and folklore but we try to keep those elements more subtle, giving to people the possibility to weave their own story around our objects…

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