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Tantalus Dinner by Ioli Sifakaki

Royal College of Art graduate Ioli Kalliopi Sifakaki designed a dinner service cast from her own body and then invited a dozen of her male friends to feast from the tableware.


The dinner service, and the dining furniture Sifikaki designed, are based on the Greek myth of Tantalus, in which Tantalus boils his son Pelops and offers him up as food to the gods to appease them.


Sifakaki presented the table and service at the RCA show, which ended yesterday, along with documentation of the dinner.


See other Dezeen stories about 2009 Royal College of Art graduates:

Ultra Lead by Georges Moanack
Christmas Tree Furniture by Fabien Cappello
Folding Plug by Min-Kyu Choi
The Drop Series by Olivia Decaris
The Toaster Project by Thomas Thwaites


Photographs are by Matthew Booth.

Here's further info from Sifakaki:



The ritual of eating is a key element in my work. In this series of objects, inspired by the Greek myth of Tantalus, I created a tableware set by casting my own body.


Ceramic objects are often related to rituals because they bare a remarkable resemblance to the purity and smoothness of the human flesh.


By casting myself, I copy, dismantle and offer parts of me, in order to provoke new, unusual relationships between the maker and the user.