Fifteen young Dutch designers, including Marleen Jansen and Skrivo Design, have filled one of the many giant studio spaces in Zona Tortona with delightfully idiosyncratic design. The exhibit, called New Glint of Things, was curated by Amsterdam’s Tuttobene, an organization and publisher whose events bring together a varied assortment of raw, playful talent.
The designs ranged from Joost van Veldhuzen‘s rocking cradle suspended from the ceiling by two ropes, to Marleen Jansen‘s dinner table that incorporates a seesaw. Conceived to encourage better table manners, the seesaw seating means that if one dinner guest leaves the table, the diner opposite ends up on the floor. While it’s likely The Courtesy Table won’t reach production any time soon, it’s inspiring to see designers thinking outside the box.
Another participant, Studio Appetit came up with a clever set of ceramic dishware designed to encourage closer interaction during meals. At the start of the meal, oysters are served from small vessels, followed by soup in a bowl with two drinking spouts. Each course progresses into more intimate territory; in fact, the dishware is being produced for a restaurant opening soon that specializes in aphrodisiac cuisine.