We come with more from the MIlan Design Week 2013. Helena Karelson‘s projects got my attention because of the perspective change they offer, not only aesthetically, but in their basis dealing with material reuse and function proposals. Check it out!
Lost Leather Cutlery
Sets of textured and tactile cutlery that have been inspired by the investigation into investment casting and an understanding that any organic material such as leather and cork can be burned out the same way wax can be. As there are no moulds, each piece of cutlery is cut and folded into the shape of a cutlery by hand and then dipped into investment. That allows every piece to be unique, as the ‘starter’ object is obliterated during the burn-out process. It allowed using soft discarded materials and transforming them into functional objects, whilst maintaining a perception of softness and tactility of the leather. Characteristics of each material perfectly suit their stage in the process; leather provides shape, metal provides function.
These two kitchen measuring jugs not only measure by volume but also by weight using water displacement method. Ingredients can be weighed by placing them in the smaller square vessel, with roughly 1/3 of water in the larger jug. Due to the simple physics of water displacement, the water level and graduation on the inside jug will tell you how much ingredients you have. The inner vessel comprises of two compartments; the smaller one being ideal for weighing items such as butter, nuts and herbs, the larger one suited to items such as pasta, flour, rice.