Reversed Volumes by Mischer’Traxler


Milan 2010: Viennese designers Mischer'Traxler presented a collection of bowls cast from vegetables in Milan last month.

Called Reversed Volumes, the vessels are made by packing ceramic powder around vegetables where it hardens without firing, leaving a detailed imprint inside each container.

Mischer'Traxler presented the project at Foodmarketo, a collaboration between Apartamento magazine and Designmarketo for Milan 2010.

More about Mischer'Traxler on Dezeen: The Idea of a Tree (May 2009)

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Alpha Blast by Marco Dessi
Glueline by Oscar Diaz
Baum by Study O Portable

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

Here's some more information from the designers:

'Reversed Volumes' are bowls that are shaped by capturing the imprint of a fruit/vegetable.

The space between a vessel and a fruit/vegetable is filled with ceramics. After the original organic material is taken away, the bowl preserved the actual imprint. The use of ceramic powder, which becomes really hard without being fired, gives the possibility that each bowl is as unique as the actual used fruit /vegetable. Therefore each cast bowl is an unique piece. The surface of each fruit/vegetable is detailed represented and let's the user see it from a different view.

‘Reversed volumes’ was developed for FoodMarketo, a pop up shop organised by DesignMarketo, Apartamento Magazine and Marion Friedmann during Milan Design Week 2010.

Material: pigmented and hardened ceramic powder - food safe impregnated

See also:


The Idea of a Tree by
Tantalus Dinner by
Ioli Sifakaki
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Posted on Friday May 7th 2010 at 2:00 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • beach@beach

    nice to play on the beach with my sister! she s 4!

  • somedude

    nice, but those would be a son of a bitch to clean

  • Marianne

    WOW ! Chou-fleur bowl is my favorite one… where can I get one ?

    • Gabriele

      get some clay and cauliflower :)

  • jimmy

    If the bowl were composed of the waste materials from said fruit/vegetable this might be an idea. However the only things that can be kept in these bowls with creating a cleaning nightmare is hard candy…very ironic no?

  • i’ll bet they are fun to clean

  • Good enough to eat!

  • It can be ALESSI products if it’s better finished and more fancy ;)

    François Beydoun

  • tommy

    isn’t this like the Yasuhiro Suzuki cabbage bowl done some time ago? except what was from paper…..

  • eric

    the first thought that came to mind upon seeing this : rachel whiteread.

  • j

    hard to clean!

  • hallo!

    yeaaah now this is beautiful

  • You could go the extra step and have the nooks filled in with a clear composite or have a vacuum sealed glass layer over top of the nooks. Easy to clean, beautiful to look at.

  • MrCoolTeapot

    Something seems wrong here. “Where it hardens without firing” is either poorly translated or an incorrect use of a term.
    Plaster and cement products harden without firing, and resins mixed with ceramic materials harden without firing, but “ceramic powder” alone does not harden without firing. (or rather, it would harden but the first exposure to water would return it to the clay state.)
    There is a doll makers/puppeteers product that is a type of clay, and it “hardens without firing”, but I think its known to have many non-clay elements in it as well. Its intended to be decorative, and not functional, as far as I know.
    A food safe, non-fired, pigmented ceramic powder…if it does exist I’d like to know about it.

  • carlos

    i like it!
    does anyone know what material they are using? what kind of ceramic powder and pigment? thanks :)

  • Relevant and simple. I especially like cauliflower

  • A

    Ever wondered what it would feel like to touch inside these bowls to grab whatever you put in them??

  • truthnbeauty

    A very interesting visual and sculptural exploration. However, as others have observed, the heavily textured interiors of some of the pieces prohibit them from functioning as usable bowls. A pineapple form would be interesting. Beautiful………art.

  • LOW

    Hello mould.

  • f. stachio

    they are lovely looking objects.

  • very very nice idea… as simple than beautiful!

  • سلام .
    طرح خیلی جالبی بود اما من نفهمیدم که ظرف ها رو از چی درست می کنید .

  • savanovic

    it is so easy to clean the dishes ! hahahahahahaha

  • architect

    beach had a pretty good idea actually. make them into kids’ toys so they can learn the veggies..:)
    well done!

  • Now would that not be EASY to clean with a layer of clear resin or glass inside otherwise they are just some more “dustcatchers”

  • I like the idea a lot. Thanks

  • excellent ideaa!! love that. Makes me want to do it with everything!!

  • esther

    love the cauliflower one

  • alexis

    I done this in 2008 at university and my tutors dissed it straight away. Now look!