Metrobowl by Frederik Roijé

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Cologne 2010: Dutch designer Frederik Roijé presents a series of bowls shaped like city maps at imm cologne in Germany this week.

Called Metrobowl, the collection is made of cast aluminium, and includes designs based on Amsterdam and New York.

The Amsterdam design charts the city's canals at a scale of 1:10,000, while the New York iteration shows the shape of Manhattan.

See all our stories about Cologne 2010 in our special category.

More about Frederik Roijé on Dezeen:

Rise of Flames candelabra (May 2008)
Bird houses (May 2007)

Here's some text from Roijé:

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During the IMM Cologne 2010 Frederik Roijé presents his latest product ‘Metrobowl‘. Fascinated by the beauty of geographical forms, Frederik Roijé has put the worlds finest and major metropolises on scale: Literally and figuratively.

Besides the Metrobowl, you can also discover; Lampscapes, Storylines, Holy Homes, Walk of Flame and Long Legs. All represented by Now is Here oHG, Design Distributors.

New York - 1:20000

‘New York capital of the world.‘ Bowl based on the unique shape and structure of Manhattan.

Dimensions : 90 x 23 x 5 cm
Material : Cast aluminum

Amsterdam - 1:10000

‘A bowl designed out of love for the city where I live.‘ Bowl based on the centuries old city centre, formed by the classic cannals, Grachtengordel.

Dimensions : 48 x 35 x 8 cm
Material : Cast aluminum

  • GiantD

    He should make one of Detroit so I can put my turds in it.

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    it is a good ideal

  • vibenade

    this is brilliant!

  • http://www.urbanizr.org urbanizr

    nice way to campare the cities to each other.
    if ‘amsterdam’ has space for 5 apples, how many apples can ‘manhattan’ hold?

    • Mario

      A big apple..

  • Fred Hachee

    straight to the souvenir shop
    next to the city map coasters and placemats

  • johannes

    It would make more sense to rotate the first picture 180 degrees

  • Raul

    Awesome idea :)

  • tiffany

    reminds me of the Henna table Marcel wanders made, also with the city map of Amsterdam
    http://www.architonic.com/dcsht/henna-table-sotheby-s/4107685

  • john lautner

    congrats for fixing the noise problem in the renders this time

  • stan

    if the amsterdam bowl is really 1:10000, it’s a real pity thatthe text on the bowl itself reads 1:1000….mistake?

    nice bowls though

  • Joost

    Fredrik did it again….

  • Davide

    reminds me of this (that was better executed)
    http://www.dezeen.com/2008/05/08/100-piazze-by-fabio-novembre/

  • m

    @stan, I was wondering about that too. It can hardly be 1:1000, the bowl would be meters wide

  • Hershey

    ^ come on Davide, Apples and Oranges

  • kaptnk

    They’re pretty cool. But what do you put in them? They’re not very practical due to all the holes

  • Tyler

    I don’t really understand why they are bowls? What determines where they are bent? I like these better- http://www.notneutral.com/index.php?cPath=1_8_63

  • Matthias

    Customers who bought this item also bought:
    Metrobowl transparent plastic liner (made in China) – $1.99

  • KaptnK

    @matthias

    surely that should just be part of the bowl anyway then?

  • http://the-fake-sartorialist.blogspot.com/ The Fake Sartorialist

    I’ve always wanted to eat apples our of New York, and croissants out of Paris.

  • Steve D

    I like the fact that the artist here chose to do both Amsterdam and NYC. Seems fitting since NYC was originally New Amsterdam

  • jj

    I think there’s a missed opportunity here…It would be great if the kinks in these “bowls” occurred along strategic lines corresponding to, say, district borders. The lowest point in the bowl could be located where the real center of the city is. The contents naturally migrate then, to the city center.

    Maybe districts with more crime are at steeper angles so that the contents are less likely to be found there…unless the bowl is sufficiently full, in which case the contents are forced to occupy steeper parts of it.

  • http://www.roije.com Renske

    It’s available!

    http://www.roije.com/#/shop

    Renske, The Team Frederik Roije

  • http://daily.gamecat.net gamecat

    and it reminds me of a jewellery project from a couple of years ago. there were pieces of jewellery looking like a simplified plan of italian cities. this looks EXACTLY like that.

  • louis17475259

    d it reminds me of a jewellery project from a couple of years ago. there were pieces of jewellery looking like a simplified plan of italian cities. this looks EXACTLY like that.

  • louis17475259

    I think there’s a missed opportunity here…It would be great if the kinks in these “bowls” occurred along strategic lines corresponding to, say, district borders. The lowest point in the bowl could be located where the real center of the city is. The contents naturally migrate then, to the city center.