I’ve just returned to Brooklyn from Los Angeles sunburned and about 10 pounds heavier. This is what happens when you take away convenient public transportation and introduce In-N-Out Burger into my life for a week. Oh well … worse things have happened.

I’ve also given myself a slight headache because I can’t stop staring at my red, peeling nose … it’s hard not to with white flakes peeling away right in my line of vision. In between picking at my honker and soothing it with aloe vera gel, I’ve been seriously eyeing up gorgeously quirky Peel :: Bowls from self-taught Columbia-born, NYC-based designer Luis Caicedo

Caicedo’s Peel :: Bowls are available in three lines — Ecopeel Bowls (photo below), Flora Bowls (bottom photo), and the signature line of Peel Bowls (photo above). The Ecopeel Bowls are made from recycled metal, bamboo, and renewable exotic wood veneers; the Flora Bowls are made from recycled metal and stained wood; the bendable Peel Bowls are made from recycled metal and neoprene. All are made handmade in Columbia using traditional techniques and are available in a variety of sizes, and bold, beautiful colors.

Caicedo’s eco-friendly décor creations are more fun than functional (I’m thinking these aren’t the best things to serve that special summer gazpacho out of) but would make excellent serving platters or be a great place to throw your keys and loose change or to store jewelry and knickknacks in the bedroom. The bowls would also just look great filled with a couple pieces of fruit, sitting atop a patio table.

For such versatile and unique products, Peel :: Bowls are also affordable: they start at $25 and run up to around $45. You can buy ‘em at my all-time favorite source for good design, Supermarket, or directly through Caicedo’s Peel :: Bowls site. Added eco-bonus: they're packaged in a recycled corrugated cardboard box.

I'm new to Caicedo's work but I'm way digging this man of many talents and many tattoos: he's also behind a line of handmade soaps, Soap Opera; a line of cork, neoprene, and recycled metal/insulation light fixtures called Electra; and a "collection of erotic tableware and household items" called Randy Wood. The latter is not for the faint of heart so proceed with caution. 

Via [Shelteriffic] (tip via reader Amy S)

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Strong eco a-peel
Check out these gorgeous bowls by designer Luis Caicedo.