Edible Lego blocks aside, licorice allsorts feature some of the candy industry’s most architectural forms. Many allsorts stack together multiple layers of licorice and fondant to create miniature, multi-coloured sandwiches, while others wrap tiny tubes in contrasting coatings to form sugary pilotis. The candy’s more fruit-forward cousin, funsorts, are even more post-modern in appearance.
Designer Kiki Goti’s new collection of homewares carries the distinctive visual language of these structural sweets back into the domestic realm — with downright delicious results. If the set designers for the Timothée Chalamet-led Wonka movie haven’t already reached out to Goti, they definitely should.
The Brooklyn-based, Greek designer describes her collection as exploring “exuberant domesticity.” And as much as we might think her finished creations resemble salty confectionery, her actual reference points skew more traditional — think temples and columns.
By distorting the disciplined patterns of these familiar architectural elements, Goti develops intriguing compositions that toe the line between order and fervour — all the while inspiring strong cravings for coconut, anise and molasses.
Goti’s own assortment of offerings includes both furniture and homewares. Her U+II trio combines rigid black-and-white-striped forms with more loopy additions to create a mirror, side table and lamp. Meanwhile, her Squishy series of vessels feature folded pool noodle-esque tubes bisected by striped rectangular prisms.
Each of the designs deepens its connection to the candy aisle through its fun use of materials. Acrylic components mimic the glossiness of gelatin, while pieces formed with squeezed foam achieve a texture that’s not so far off from soft fondant cream.
Another great intersection of food and design awaits in Goti’s limited edition series of Messed-Up acrylic placemats and coasters. Featuring a full-on frenzy of shapes and colours, they are the perfect backdrop to any dessert course. (That said, Kiki Goti’s photography of her homeware line shows the piece accompanied by a slightly more nutritious orange.)
Notably, sugary furniture seems to be having a moment right now. After this year’s edition of Milan Design Week, T Magazine named confectionery-inspired “Eye Candy” one of its top trends. No wonder design-forward dental clinics are also gathering steam.
Previously an instructor at Pratt Institute, Carnegie Mellon, University of Pennsylvania and Parson School of Design, Kiki Goti also works as the founder of SomePeople, a design studio dedicated to playful public art projects. She is a 2018 AZ Awards winner for her master’s thesis that explored the idea of building blocks made from wood chips.
Combining colourful layers and twisting forms, the designer’s homewares are a sweet delight.