Today, a quick look at a provocative — and nutritious — disposable tableware concept from Chinese product designer Qiyun Deng that’s sure to get an enthusiastic thumbs up from nagging mothers the world over.
Made from corn plant-based PLA (polylactic acid) bioplastic, Graft is a complete utensil set in which quotidian cutlery takes on the familiar shape, color, and texture of fruits and veggies: artichoke soup spoon, celery stalk fork, a knife with a pineapple stem blade, and on. Imagine that … eating fruits and vegetables with fruits and vegetables.
The process began with the decision to use plant skin as a textural medium. First, Deng picked vegetables and fruits with special tactile features and reproduced their skins with resin to find a proper application. The textures were carefully copied to make sure they could seamlessly interface with the 3D printed parts.
“By waking both visual and haptic sensation it brings along a question: Will you throw them away easily?” asks Deng.
Speaking to Co.Design, Deng, who created Graft as a master’s project while a student at the University of Art & Design (ECAL) in Lausanne, Switzerland, explains her love of bioplastics: “I would love to introduce bioplastic to people without saying so by words. It’s a beautiful material that deserves design concern, not only moral exhortation. Since bioplastics are made from plants, why can’t I just make them look like themselves?”
No word on whether or not Graft is bound for production or it will remain a rather playful concept. And to answer the question proposed by Deng, yes, I’d certainly have a hard time chucking these vegetal beauties into a compost heap after I’d had my way with them.
Via [Designboom], [Co.Design]
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