Divers by Janina Loeve


Dutch Design Week 09: Dutch designer Janina Loeve presents bouquets made of vegetables at the Designhuis in Eindhoven.

Called Divers, the project aims to encourage variation in diet.

Each one comes with a recipe for combining the components of the bouquet.

The project will remain on show as part of Talent 2009 at the Designhuis until 30 November.

Here's some more information from Loeve:


DIVERS, bouquets to eat alive

Besides being healthy and tasty, vegetables are beautiful plants. But we don't notice this attractive side anymore. Most of us think of them as being time taking side dishes. But they are one of the most important parts of our menu. Fresh vegetables and herbs give us endless possibilities to combine. And the seasons apply us naturally with the best variation you can get.

Divers vegetables form a bouquet of colors, smells and tastes. Well matching vegetables and herbs of the season, form a temptation for the eye. And prepared following the recipe on the package, they become a sensation to taste. Bouquets that tempt you to eat healthy and divers.

Posted on Tuesday November 10th 2009 at 11:28 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • modular

    I’d fancy a salad!

  • Some olive oil and balsamic and I’ve got lunch ready.

  • gaque


  • jack the ripper

    i say .the perfect gift for valentine’s .

  • ichiban

    Flowers and dinner … all in one. Makes for a cheap date.

  • m

    Saw them at the designhuis, they are really nice. Great idea ;-)

  • reminds me of dutch paintings from the 1700’s

  • jamiego

    Ideal for a gay man’s wedding bouquet

  • Marcus Des

    Great, multi-purpose art! They look nice and I can imagine they make a great gift (but I guess you should give yourself with it to prepare the meal, otherwise it’s rather rude).

    @jamiego; even if you are speaking from personal experience your remark is way out of line.

  • jamiego

    Marcus – are you kidding?

    It’s a beautiful fusion of decorative and functional aesthetic that would suit a gay man looking for an alternative to the feminine floral bouquet in a traditional wedding.

    If you think that’s way out of line, you’re either deeply conservative or overly sensitive, or both.

  • Marcus Des

    Jamiego – I’m neither conservative nor sensitive; I’m allergic to thinking in (gay) stereotypes. Comes from helping gay people accepting themselves and helping them deal with a rather ignorant or downright hostile environment, even in Holland.

    But to be fair, your explanation proves that you actually had a vision here and weren’t going for cheap laughs.

    Oh well, back to design, that’s what Dezeen is for!

  • jamiego

    Marcus – Being ‘allergic’ to (perceived) stereotypes seems like a form of sensitivity to me! Gay men can stand up for themselves; sensitivity to (in this case non-existent) mild slurs against them I feel may be more disabling than progressive.

    I thought it was obvious from my first post I was thinking beyond stereotypes, since the dominant stereotype of gay men is effeminate and decadent, therefore associated with gaudy colours/glamour/flowers etc*. These bouquets present a challenging, alternative aesthetic of natural beauty that well befits the position of gay men in society, particularly those brave enough to get married.

    And this discussion is still about design – how forms and aesthetics are deployed to challenge stereotypes is a very honourable design intention. Sorry to bore on about it – but I think it’s important (and these bouquets captured my imagination).

    *(But perhaps it was the phallic-looking courgettes – another aesthetic entirely – causing the wires to get crossed!)