Baked by Formafantasma


Dutch Design Week 09: Italian design graduates Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin of Formafantasma present a series of baked objects at an exhibition in Eindhoven this week. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.

The Baked collection, which includes objects made of flour, coffee, spinach and other foodstuffs, is part of an exhibition called Getting Lost at the 4 Apostelen church in Eindhoven.

Trimarchi and Farresin, who graduated from Design Academy Eindhoven this year, took their inspiration from a Sicilian custom where architectural objects are baked as festive decorations.

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Here's some information from the designers:


Formafantasma - Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin

“Baked” is the result of a commission for an exhibition presented during Dutch Design Week, on the theme “Getting Lost”.

To get lost during a design process is a beautiful luxury – it means you can follow your intuition and curiosity without aiming for a clear result. For this project we looked back at our design “memorabilia”: ideas, pictures and techniques we left behind.

“Baked” is inspired by a Sicilian folk event in Salemi, where a flour based material is used to create architectural decorations.

The project is a homage to bread and flour – primordial and essentials materials that accompany our daily life – and to the craftsmanship of baking and cooking.

The result is a collection of containers and vessels made from a material based on ingredients found in the kitchen such as flour, coffee, cocoa and spinach, mixed together with other natural products  such as salt, shellac and spices to make the objects durable.

The vessels are refined with elastic belts that allow the user to arrange bakery products as a new form of decor.

“Baked” is a work in progress, slowly refined and modified through time and experienced hands like a good recipe.

Posted on Wednesday October 21st 2009 at 4:53 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Camille

    Wow, beautiful, green and with humor!

    • Dick Flake

      err… you colorblind?

  • JJ

    I think the design concept is fun.

    Camille, how is this “green” though. A starving world and we use flour to made objects instead of bread? I wish people wouldn’t use that word for projects like this – they are inherently un-green, regardless of materials used, because of the opportunity cost of not doing them.

  • Camille

    maybe you are right but isn’it bioplastic actually made using natural resources?
    so please, do not be moralistic!I can not handle that!

    • Sasha C.

      Saying the word "green" is moralistic in essence. Green is good. Everything else is bad. Good/Bad = Morality. Can you handle yourself?

  • AD

    even more useful than interesting