Double-ended teaspoons by Nicole Wermers
stolen from Tate Britain cafe

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News: double-ended teaspoons commissioned as part of the recent renovation of Tate Britain's cafe have been so popular with visitors to the London gallery that they've been taking them home.

Tate double-ended teaspoon by Nicole Wermers

The Manners teaspoons by London artist Nicole Wermers were commissioned for public use in the Tate cafe and restaurant but have been disappearing since the opening two weeks ago.

"Regrettably a number of spoons have been taken from Tate Britain since we started using them," Tate told Dezeen. "The vast majority of visitors have enjoyed using the spoon without removing them from the areas in which they are being used."

Wermers made each end of the spoon different to reflect the changing shape of teaspoon bowls at different points in the twentieth century: the smaller end references the 1950s and the larger references the 1980s.

Tate Britain by Caruso St John
Tate Britain Djanogly Café refurbished by Caruso St John

The spoons have been in use alongside otherwise regular cutlery since the reopening of the refurbished Rex Whistler restaurant, and the newly created Djanogly Café and Members Room.

Tate Britain by Caruso St John
Tate Britain Members Room refurbished by Caruso St John

London architecture practice Caruso St John completed the £45 million renovation of the Tate Britain gallery earlier this month.

  • pg

    Bunch of tea leaves!

  • kate

    I’d steal one! Would double my washing up though.

  • Gayle Alstrom

    Great idea. Sometimes you need two spoons, one for dry ingredients and one for wet, so with this you just turn the spoon around.

  • dylan

    It seems a missed oppertunity that they don’t manufacture and sell them.