Found by Oscar Diaz



London Design Festival 09: Spanish designer Oscar Diaz has produced a cutlery set by chopping up plastic bottles and coating them with metal.


Called Found, the range is made by plating the plastic first in copper and then in tin.


Found will be exhibited as part of Airmail, an exhibition at Idea Generation Gallery in London from 23 September to 4 October, during the London Design Festival.


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Found by Oscar Diaz

“Found” is the project by London based designer Oscar Diaz for “Airmail”, an exhibition which opens at IDEA GENERATION Gallery during the London Design Festival 2009.


"Found” is a super light, metal-coated cutlery set, which has been "designed" by editing plastic bottles. The spoon, fork, and knife, have all been made from parts of existing bottles found at the local supermarket.


Since there is so many shapes already available, with each brand fighting to be seen on the shelves, Oscar’s approach has been to work more as an editor rather that a designer, and just select the bottles for their shapes to make the cutlery set.

The parts were selected so the cutlery is easy to pick up from the table and performs like any other cutlery. The design process  starts on the supermarket were the bottles are selected by their curves. The use of those available shapes, allows a small batch production without the need any mould. Each set is unique due to the hand-cut nature of each piece.

Using a process normally employed to produce intricate metal instruments,  the plastic cuttings are coated with copper and then tin plated for a metallic finish. While mixing handcraft and uncommon processes, the project represents a twist on the re-use of existing objects and makes evidence of an environment clearly saturated with shapes.

By finding objects within objects, “Found” suggests that we can look afresh and reevaluate our surroundings by uncovering the beauty hidden on banal, disposable objects. The result is a simple and understated cutlery set with a "familiar "look.

“Airmail” is an exhibition bringing lightness to everyday objects. Curated by Parallel Projects, it will run from the 23 of September to the 4 October 2009 at IDEA GENERATION Gallery.


AIRMAIL>> LND, 23 September- 4 October, 12 -5 pm Daily

  • humongous

    Very Enzo Mari.
    By the way, isn’t copper poisonous ?

  • Michael

    They just plate copper pots with silver or tin where it comes in contact with food, no biggie. Copper has been long used in cookware and kitchen utensils. I really like this project. For some reason, the sharpie outlines on plastic bottles really speak to me. Great work!

  • Katy McDevitt

    Very cute but I have my suspicions about that fork’s actual utility. The tines look too fat for happy and efficient food-spearing.

  • jckarich

    ideas are around… I can’t say “I don’t like it”! I did a similar project a couple of years ago… the result was rather satisfiying. I posted some of it in my blog at

    Good job Oscar.

  • Zabel


    Copper is naturally anti-microbial.
    Or so a little staphylococcus aureus microbe told me.

  • modular

    lol,. this was a nice idea. even though it doesn’t work on “real life”, it’s still a good inspiration.

  • Michael


    Did that bacterium whisper that to you as it’s metabolism was ceasing?

  • ferran10

    super original

  • Francois Beydoun

    I agree with Katy on the usefulness of such a fork! For me, it is rather similar in shape to a spoon (with slots elongated…).

    Anyway, the approach is very interesting!

    PS: when a person sees shapes everywhere and then, imagine shapes, we call this person: a designer of object. This is the case of our dear Oscar Diaz ;)

    Good luck!

    Francois Beydoun

  • sean

    So the fork looks more like a spork, no biggie. I like this guys mind!


    Great idea, but you must show that it can be versatile. I these example, most of the package is waste, and only two specific types of containers where used. Show how this idea can be adapted to a wider variety of containers.

  • bodkin

    jckarich, i really like what you showed on your blog there, you should have submitted it to Dezeen. i really like seeing the range you developed and how you’ve tried to stiffen up the base material in different ways, it’s nice to see a bit of the thought process and development, it makes for an interesting design ‘story’

  • famul
  • jckarich

    thanks bodkin, I was encouraged to add the little experience to my blog because of this article about oscar diaz work. I had also forgotten about enzo mari’s work, wich I love by the way…

  • oscar

    Great work Oscar,

    Really interesting observations. Although I wouldn’t use them, I can see your project generating great debates.


  • Neo

    Someone has definitely mistaken onions for garlic.

    While Enzo Mari project transform a bottle ( container) in to a vessel (container) , Oscar Diaz project transform the bottle into a tool.
    Can Enzo Mari use any bottle? Yes, even if you don’t cut it, you can use a bottle as a vase. Can Diaz use any bottle? No, and without cutting it would be difficult to use as a fork.
    We can recognize Enzo’s previous vase life, but It would be difficult to guess where the cutlery came from without seen the bottles.
    Then, is the coating which covers the plastic increasing its perceived value and performance. The only similarity is that they start from a bottle but the end and purpose is completely different.

    Please keep the great work!

  • Syohei Mihara/Oribe Design

    (Do you know my name?)^^:

  • Gary Vergason

    Does any one know of early metalized plastic cutlery articles predating Aug 2002? Thanks!

  • yep

    Another project disguised as a “genius idea” or trendy-eco-friendly. Two words: hot soup (or any other meal), and this brilliant cutlery from thin plastic is turned into unusable rubbish. It would be much more efficient just to recycle plastics by collecting and melting them, no scraps left, than to have this toy cutlery which will never work and is simply dangerous to human health, because plastics used for drinks is not meant to be used with hot substances as it starts to leak particles of chemicals into the food, not even talking about the plastics from cleaning product containers (as seen in the picture) which not only may have leftovers of whatever was in there (even after washing) or simply made from a material which is unsafe to use with food. Coating it with copper is absolute nonsense, as it is unpractical and also, copper is very expensive material, which has a lot of use except visual, for example, electronics. And as raw sources are getting to the end a lot of people truly concerned with ecology try to figure out how to preserve such scarce materials, not waste them. Looking from bigger picture, plain metal cutlery is way more sustainable, because it can be used and reused for years without wearing out and at worst it always can be melted and reused.