Innovative tableware designs that turn eating into an experience

Spoons, forks, dishes… these are some classic designs that have remained standard ever since their invention. Or so we thought until we came across these innovative tableware designs! Beautifully muted wooden plates with textures that bring them to life, floating cutlery that is visually unique as well as excels in functionality by keeping your cutlery clean and germ-free, these are just some of the designs that when used, are sure to set your table apart to an extent where your cutlery ends up being the focus over the food!

Flyde floating cutlery by Felix Marx

Strawtini Martini glass by Udarely 

Stackable Totem bowls by Isabella Lovero & Enrico Bossa

‘Lifetime Partner’ mug by Johnson Tsang

Blues, handmade ceramic plates by Hana Karim 

This Minimal, skeletal cutlery design by Nendo for Valerie Objects comes with an eye-catching scoop detail that helps rest/dock your spoons, forks, and knives easily on a rack, or even against other cutlery

The Moment series wherein the inner shape gives a sense of movement, inviting you to pour and savor the sound and smell in this activity by Jenkins & Uhnger

Wooden Serving Tableware by Luke Hope of Hope in the woods

Touché Tray by Martina Bartoli for Mason Editions 

The One-Piece Knife by Johanna Gauder

The Four Seasons Shakers by Qualy Design

Swivel 5 tableware by Yamazaki Tableware 

The Porthole Infuser by Martin Kastner of Crucial Detail 

JOIN, a mind-bending cutlery that will leave your guests confused and frustrated, as they witness you ‘magically’ free their cutlery before their very eyes, by Rudolph Schelling Webermann 

Kitchenware Designs to simplify and speed up your cooking process

Kitchen tools are a very interesting design study. Many of the elements we use in the kitchen are classic, may it be a spoon, fork, knife to even the stove we use for cooking, all of these objects have largely remained unchanged over the centuries, almost since their inception, that is until now. Imagine a cooking station that is mounted on the wall, and using a hob for cooking only as required. Now, this is one of the designs we have shortlisted as a part of our curation of kitchen tools that are designed to redefine your kitchen as well as your cooking process. Let us know how these designs inspire you to innovate and reinvent your kitchen to suit your design style.

Ordine by Adriano Design 

The Deglon Meeting Knife Set by Mia Schmallenbach 

Volto 2-in-1 Seasoning Container by Mireia Rius Sol

Kinetic Soy Sauce Dispenser by Joshua Skirtich 

Pepper Pestle, a minimal, elegant storage unit for dried peppercorns that even doubles as a spice crusher by Nendo 

A collection of pastry and cheese knives made from dark walnut and salted pecan by JoeyOso Designs 

Cookacross by Zaviè Design Studio 

Prepdeck by Alexander Eburne 

Octo Citrus Reamer by Almond Studio  

The One-Piece Knife is created out of a single piece of flat stainless steel by Johanna Gauder 

The Supreme Worktop by Engin Akbaba is a hybrid product that combines air extraction with the induction hob.

A 400-year-old Japanese wood bending technique brought us these tablewares

When Tomoya Nasuda launched his first project, the Haori Cup, he wanted to showcase the centuries-old Japanese craft art of Hakata Magemono (Japanese ceder wood bending) on the world stage… now he’s trying to revive the once-flourishing-now-declining craft art by using the power of crowdfunding to give the artisans the spotlight and business they need!

The art of Magemono has been around and flourishing for as long as 400 years, but with the commercialization and modernization (and even westernization) across the world in the past half-century, the heritage artisans began seeing a gradual-yet-unavoidable decline in appreciation for their craftsmanship and eventually, their trade. When Tomoya Nasuda designed the Haori Cup for Kickstarter in 2015, he was taken aback by the absolute shortage of Magemono craftsmen. The Haori Cup received overwhelming support on the crowdfunding platform, but it took Nasuda over 15 months to deliver his last order. Determined to revive the dying craft art, Nasuda first sought to upgrade the craftsmanship process and tools that hadn’t seen any change in centuries. Streamlining the process helped artisans produce more products in less time, while maintaining their quality and authenticity. With this new setup, Nasuda decided to continue the Haori cup line, with the Magemono tumbler and the Magemono bread tray, two classic everyday products that add a touch of Japanese minimalism, craftsmanship, and perfection to homes and lives.

A bigger version of the Haori cup, the Magemono tumbler was one of the most requested products from Nasuda’s backers. The Magemono tumbler comes made with a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel, and a Magemono Japanese ceder wood sleeve around the outside, in signature fashion. The Hasamiyaki porcelain cup is another traditional craft indigenous to Japan. With a slight translucency that’s comparable to Bone China, the tumbler has an elegant grace to it, and comes in a pristine, milky white color; finally paired with the cedar sleeve around it, feeling quite like an elegant reinvention of the to-go coffee cup. Paired with it is the Magemono Bread Tray, a fir tree crafted thin tray (available in two sizes) that’s perfect for meals, especially for the breakfast sandwich, paired with a nicely brewed cup of coffee, in the Magemono tumbler! The main material used for Hakata Magemono are coniferous trees such as cedar, cypress, and fir trees. These coniferous trees have the ability to control humidity, making them ideal for Japanese Bento Box construction because of their ability to allow items like rice to stay fresh and retain its moisture for longer. Nasuda says that the material used in Magemono is truly revolutionary, and unrivaled. Originally designed for bread and toast, rather than rice, Nasuda claims the Magemono Bread Tray can actually even toast crisp for longer!

Nasuda’s aim is to showcase the untouched perfection of Japanese artisanship, while helping the families of craftsmen to sustain themselves and also pass the art down to younger generations, helping it thrive. Building on the runaway success of the Haori cup, and the new-and-improved tools and techniques used for production, Nasuda hopes to successfully give Japanese traditional handicrafts the attention and appraisal it deserves, along with the ability for anyone, across the world, to own truly authentic Japanese traditional tableware with over 4 centuries of rich history!

Designer: Tomoya Nasuda

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Magemono Tumbler & Bread Tray

Magemono tumbler comes made with a Hasamiyaki porcelain inner vessel, and a Magemono Japanese ceder wood sleeve around the outside, in signature fashion. The Magemono Bread Tray, a fir tree crafted thin tray (available in two sizes) is perfect for meals, especially for the breakfast sandwich, paired with a nicely brewed cup of coffee.

About the Magemono

“Magemono” is a woodwork technique that has been in use in Japan since ancient times. It is also a generic name for containers made using thin sheets of wood such as Japanese cedar, cypress, and fir, which are bent and fastened into circular and polygonal forms.

Magemono containers exist in both our ordinary daily lives and as sacred items specially crafted for use in a ritual or festival setting.

In the Edo period, the Magemono technique mostly used to craft bento boxes, rice containers, trays, cake boxes, flower stands, and tea ceremony items. In the present, it is mainly a technique of crafting bento boxes which has been preserved.

The Magemono Tumbler

Following the footsteps of Haori Cup, Nasuda has once again united two traditional Japanese crafts together, “Hasami yaki” from Nagasaki and “Hakata Magemono” from Fukuoka, to introduce you to the new tumbler that is double the size of the Haori Cup. There are two versions of this tumbler.

Magemono Tumbler

A tumbler specially designed for daily use drinking of coffee, juice, water, tea etc.

Magemono Tumbler for beer

The second variant is designed for beer and are fired without the inner side of the cup being glazed, so it has a very small uneven surface finish. As a result, the cup has a matte finish on the inside, which is the key point.

Left: Standard (With glaze). Right: Beer Tumbler (No glaze)

These very small uneven surface on the inside helps deliver quality beer foam when you pour your beer in. Feels just as if it was poured right out of an industrial beer tap.

Now you can enjoy the taste of beer at a bar right at home. This is something you will not be able to experience with a regular glass of cup with smooth surface.

Hasamiyaki porcelain is made so lightly that the color of the drink is transmitted a little.

The Wooden Tray

Tomoya decided to design a bread tray that makes full use of the functionality a coniferous solid wood has, which will help keep the bread’s crisp texture for a extended period.

The main material used for Hakata Magemono are coniferous trees such as cedar, cypress, and fir trees. These coniferous trees are composed of tissue in which about 95% of the structure is a pathway for water movement called tracheids. These tissues contain many hollow layers inside, which makes coniferous trees very light and also making heat transfer to each other difficult.

Magemono Bento-box regulates the amount of water in rice and keeps it delicious for a long time.

Coniferous trees, which are porous materials, have a humidity control function that absorbs and exhales moisture in the air. In Japan, for keeping cooked rice in a delicious state for a long time, bento boxes (lunch boxes) and wooden container for cooked rice made with Magemono craftwork were mostly made from coniferous trees.

The corners of the wooden bread tray are bent with traditional techniques called “Hikimage”. It is a technique, in which a craftsperson makes shallow cuts into the wood in intervals, and then heat treat them to bend the wood. It is said that this technique was first introduced with Hakata Magemono.

Size S – Small, for a slice of toast.

Size M – Medium, for two slices of toast.

Left: fir tree / Right: cedar

Materials Used

Hakata Magemono is made from coniferous trees such as cedar, cypress, and fir tree. For the previous Haori Cup as well as the tumbler from this current project, the makers have chosen cedar and for the wooden bread tray, they have chosen fir tree for the material. Both very commonly used for Hakata Magemono crafts.

Mr. Taizo Morita

The Craftsmen

With the retirement of craftsman Mr. Tokugoro Shibata in 2017, Mr. Taizo Morita and Tomoya Nasuda are the two responsible for the main manufacturing. Mr. Morita has been a craftsman working under Mr. Shibata for 20 years between the age of 20 to 40 years old, and he was also the number one disciples out of the many others Mr. Shibata had.

At the age of 40, Mr. Morita completely left from the world of Hakata Magemono but with the news of retirement of his teacher Mr. Shibata, he decided to return to the workshop.

Despite being over 3 years from the last Haori Cup project, the discussion on how to survive in this world with severe shortage of craftsman and workshop still goes on today.

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Cutlery that defies gravity?!

Have you ever felt that your meals required just a little more suspense? If yes, then Flyde is for you! The name Flyde, meaning ‘To flow’ in Danish hints towards the unique selling point of this rather beautiful cutlery set, as it introduces an element of drama to the table top by precariously balancing on its sculpture-like handle.

The elegant set of cutlery is composed of two materials that strikingly contrast one another; the imperfection-free quality of brushed stainless-steel creates a beautiful juxtaposition against the rough, sporadic aesthetic of Ebonite, a traditional bioplastic that is commonly used for this application. The intriguing selling-point of Flyde also has a practical benefit; the functional parts do not touch the table, therefore allowing them to remain hygienic!

Designer: Felix Marx

We should have been using this bamboo-based cutlery all along

As someone who does his fair share of takeout, perhaps the one thing I hate with a vengeance is the flimsy, horribly designed plastic cutlery I get with my food. The spoons sometimes come with these plastic flares that get left behind from the cheap injection molding process, the knives are more flexible than the food I’m cutting, and the forks don’t possess enough structural integrity to pierce my food. All that’s aside from the fact that this cutlery eventually reaches either a landfill or the ocean by the tonne, not having served any purpose whatsoever. The sad reality is that we’re far from democratizing a solution that actually works… but with projects like the Knork Eco, we’re getting a few steps closer to conscientiously designing single-use (or even multiple-use) plastic cutlery that has little to no impact on the environment.

The Knork Eco has a pretty transparent objective. To A. remove non-biodegradable single-use plastics from our life-cycle, and to B. replace them with cutlery that’s eco-friendly, biodegradable, and more importantly, much more robust and comfortable to use than those horrible disposable forks and spoons. The Knorks are made from a specialized material called Astrik, which combines sugarcane starch along with bamboo fibers. The result is a moldable polymer that’s sturdy, looks and feels like glossy plastic, is food-safe, dishwasher safe, and can biodegrade in 2 years. Most importantly, sugarcane and bamboo are two of the fastest growing plants in the world, allowing Astrik as a material to cater to the incredibly high demand of disposable cutlery without any hassle.

The Knork Eco is a spoon+fork set made from Astrik. It looks and feels exactly like plastic, and can do everything plastic can. The Knork cutlery comes in its own chic case made from the bamboo-polymer too, allowing you to easily carry it around with you wherever you go, because the Knorks are much more reliable and robust than most plastic spoons and forks. They come with a larger cross-section, making them thicker and stiffer, and even integrate a broader handle with a finger-rest, allowing you to use them with the dexterity of metal cutlery.

The Knorks can cleaned either manually or in a dishwasher, and can be infinitely reused until you dispose them. When introduced to the soil, the Astrik material biodegrades completely in just 2 years, turning into compost that can then be used to grow more plants, making it perhaps the best example of nature-conscious cradle-to-grave designing with zero negative impact. Yes I said it, we should have been using this bamboo-based cutlery all along!

Designer: KNORK Flatware

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The KNORK Eco is a plant-based bamboo utensils that are dishwasher safe, compost in 2 years, and sustainably made. Genius design meets epic functionality.

KNORK Eco uses Astrik: Made from PLA (poly lactic acid – sugar cane starch 90%) and bamboo fiber (10%), this eco-friendly and responsibly sourced material provides a workable, multi-functional + sustainable alternative to harmful one-use plastic utensils.

The designers have thinned and improved the tines, and added a platform right where your index finger typically rests when doing the aforementioned side-tipping action. These help the user to rock through and cut most foods without reaching for a knife, and the contoured handle fits comfortably in most hands and creates an ergonomic balance.

Eco pieces will fit many specific niche market opportunities where the functionality encourages creative freedom for chefs in environments where use of a knife isn’t feasible.

The combination of clever design and a dishwasher-safe, durable, and 2 year compost-able material was exactly what we had been looking for, and the Eco line was born.

If you love food and eating as much as we do, you’ll totally get that the one constant of American style eating is the natural born habit of people to tip forks on their sides to cut through foods that it’s not necessarily normal to reach for a knife to eat. Think waffles, pancakes, chicken, burritos, coney dogs, etc.

KNORK is perfect for multi-tasking, on the go eating-think desk lunches or cocktail parties where the ultimate challenge is to hold your drink in one hand while trying to eat with the other.

The stainless steel fork and spoon that fit into the new carrying case will feature a limited edition “Eco” stamp, so you know just which pieces to reach for when packing your lunch!

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Mind-bending Cutlery!

This mind-bending illusion may just result in your food going cold, as you attempt to separate the intriguing sculpture in order to release your cutlery!

Designed to be an engaging decoration for the table, JOIN presents the cutlery in an engrossing and truly unique manner. Constructed from a long-life, high-tech plastic, it can be used to leave your guests confused and frustrated for years to come, as they witness you ‘magically’ free their cutlery before their very eyes!

I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve been staring at this unique form for an embarrassingly long amount of time and I’m still no closer to understanding the solution to the frustrating puzzle! Are you able to enlighten me?

Designer: Rudolph Schelling Webermann

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

There’s a particular short film in the Netflix anthology Love Death and Robots that’s about yogurt taking over the world. Scientists somehow managed to make yogurt sentient, and gave it incredible problem-solving abilities. A jar of yogurt began solving complex problems humans couldn’t, and eventually became president of USA.

Jaro Kose’s Invader whisk has little to do with the story above, but I often wonder how our world would look if another sentient being (not necessarily milk-based) looked at our lifestyle, our products, and our ways of problem solving and came up to us and said “You’re clearly bad at this, let me handle it”. The Invader whisk looks almost as if it was designed with a similar outlook. More organic and less complicated than your regular hand-cranked whisk, Kose’s Invader whisk doesn’t look particularly man-made. With a weird alien-octopus-ish form, and a radically different hemispherical radial gear, the Invader whisk looks great, and probably performs better than its dull, metal, man-made counterpart. I wonder what this alien-species will re-design next…

Designer: Jaro Kose

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

The Invader Whisk looks like aliens redesigned our kitchen tools

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The Gerber ComplEAT puts an entire cutlery set into your pocket

Gerber’s ComplEAT looks at food in the outdoors more holistically than you’d imagine. Designed to take care of literally every food-related need you’d have, the ComplEAT lets you open, cook, serve, eat, and even clean, putting every single bit of kitchenware you’d need into something that slides right into your pocket. The name ComplEAT just perfectly complements its abilities, because the kit is quite literally capable of handling all your eating needs.

The ComplEAT fits the entire culinary experience into four parts that nest within each other to make them easy to carry. Separate these elements and you’ve got yourself a two-sided spatula, a spoon, fork, and a kitchen-prep multitool. The spatula comes made from glass-filled nylon, and packs a silicone edge on one side as well as a serrated edge on the other side. The flexible glass-filled nylon construction makes it sturdy yet pliable and even makes it heat-resistant, allowing you to cook and serve with it. The silicon-edge on one side helps scrape and clean your dishes and utensils efficiently, while the blunt serrated edge makes cutting through food easy.

The opposite end of the spatula features the docking area to nest your spoon, fork and multitool… however, nest your spoon or fork in the opposite direction and you’ve got yourself a pair of tongs that makes grabbing, tossing, and flipping your food easy. The aluminum-punched spoon and fork look and feel like steel cutlery, but provide an additional corrosion-resistance. Lastly, you’ve got the ComplEAT’s crown jewel, its multitool. Packing a package opener, can opener, bottle opener, and a veggie peeler (or a vegetable opener if you will), the multitool gets you started, allowing you to open your kitchen supplies and get cooking. Designed to be easy to use and maintain, the ComplEAT goes from a small, portable set of nested tools to a veritable cutlery set that lets you prep, cook, serve, eat, and polish your food clean!

Designer: Gerber

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A perfect slice of minimalism!

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Made from a single piece of flat stainless steel, the One-Piece Knife is exactly that. Minimalism at its best, the knife is strong and features a flat blade that curls into a pipe to form a handle that’s good to hold onto. The full-tang design (where the blade extends all the way from the tip to the end of the handle) gives the knife great maneuverability too, making it aesthetic but incredibly useful too. The knife comes made entirely out of a 1.5mm thin sheet of stainless steel, with not one single rivet, screw, or glued part. In that regard, the One-Piece Knife is a hallmark of true minimalism!

Designer: Johanna Gauder

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These spice shakers embody the literal beauty of seasons and seasoning!

The Four Seasons shakers are quite literally perfection. Capturing four different types of seasoning, and embodying them in snow-globe-esque containers, Qualy Design’s Four Seasons shakers are just simply clever and adorable at the same time. Not only are they well designed, the absolutely witty wordplay makes the product even more lovable!

You’ve got four shakers that embody four different seasons, and hold four different seasonings. Designed for salt, pepper, dried herbs, and chili flakes, the shakers come with plants on the inside that pair well with the seasoning. The salt shaker has a fir tree, making the salt crystals look like snowflakes forming a rich white layer on the floor. The pepper shaker comes with a cactus inside, turning the shaker into an arid desert scene (make sure you use white pepper for proper effect!) For the dried herbs, you’ve got a regular fern, while the herbs look almost like a bed of aromatic grass, and lastly, the chili flakes shaker comes with a barren tree, making the flakes look like shed leaves in autumn. Sheer genius, isn’t it?!

Designer: Qualy Design

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