Aluminium bowls by Fort Standard stand on piloti-like legs

Aluminium bowls by Fort Standard stand on fin-like legs

Fort Standard's aluminium Standing Bowls are raised on slim piers that reference the structural supports used to elevate buildings above the ground (+ slideshow).

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

Brooklyn-based studio Fort Standard created the range of oblong and circular bowls in three finishes: copper-plated, or powder-coated in pastel green or pink.

The fin-like legs are a product of the aluminium casting process used to form the bowls, with each leg the a result of a gate – the channel used to convey molten aluminium to the mould.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

"Although there are literal leads from poured concrete foundations and buttress-type forms designed to support large structures, the architectural reference also helps explain the structural relationship between material process and the function of the object," said Fort Standard designers Gregory Buntain and Ian Collings.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

The bowls come in two sizes and shapes: a small hemisphere with a 15-centimetre diameter and a larger 38-centimetre-long oval-shaped bowl. The smaller bowl appears to be sunk into a cross-shaped base, while the oblong bowl sits on a row of three fins that curve around its base.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

"The planar feet not only give rise to the bowl, but they are an expression of the minimum manufacturing constraints of the casting process," the designers told Dezeen.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

The light-weight aluminium bowls are sand-cast in a Pennsylvanian foundry, which specialises in the production of industrial parts, and hand-finished at the duo's Brooklyn studio.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

"The finishing processes are rough and crude so we have them ship us the de-gated forms to our studio where we can more carefully remove excess flashing and prep for powder coating or plating, which is also done here in Brooklyn," they said.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

The three coloured coatings are added to make the bowls hygienic for storing and serving food.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

"Most of the products in our home collection are simply natural materials, [but] in this case the cast texture is harder to clean so we offer them coated with a food grade powder coat. The copper-plating is another material that has the same effect – actually an even better effect," they added.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

The high-shine copper-plated bowls are left untreated to allow a natural patina to develop over time.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

"When we were going through the process of selecting the colours, we chose colours that we found exciting but also felt comfortable living with in a home setting," said the designers.

Standing Bowls by Fort Standard

Standing Bowls were displayed during last month's London Design Festival, as part of the Simplified Beauty exhibition at SCP East in Shoreditch.