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Marije Vogelzang's secret vending machine

Marije Vogelzang's secret vending machine dispenses tasty and tasteful goods

Dutch designer Marije Vogelzang has installed a vending machine outside her studio in Dordrecht, where visitors can buy porcelain tableware and other products relating to food.

Called the Secret Locker, the fully-automated vending machine is stocked with cups, bowls, spoons and food-related objects.

The vending machine is made of a series of sections with corresponding windows. Upon entering money, visitors can open their chosen window to remove an object, which also comes with its own packaging.

Marije Vogelzang's secret vending machine

"The vending machine stocks objects that interfere with the eating or drinking experience in one way or another," explained Vogelzang, whose previous projects include objects that trick diners into believing their plates are full of food, and an exhibition that invites visitors to eat shit.

Open daily in the run-up to Christmas, with product prices starting from €10, the vending machine is accompanied by cheerful music and a "winter-themed" scent to ease people into the festive mood.

Marije Vogelzang's secret vending machine

Among the objects sold are a series of porcelain cups and bowls that were originally made by Vogelzang to accompany her food-related designs and installations. They feature neutral-coloured glazing and decorative grooves, intended to encourage users to be playful while eating.

There is a pink "mouth-watering" spoon that is covered in layers of silicone to make it look like it has been dipped in cake batter.

Another item is a memory game, titled You Are What You Eat, that encourages players to correctly match a food to its effect on your body. There are also copies of Vogelzang's book, Eat Love: Food Concepts.

"I have dreamt of having a vending machine for a long time. I've been working with ceramics, porcelain really, for about a year," the designer told Dezeen. "As I feel I need to improve my skills, I iterate on my designs and produce a lot to work, so I started getting a very full studio!"

"Also, I do not want to start a shop in my studio but having this machine is a nice way of making contact with the local society as I do not work in the Netherlands that much," she said.

Marije Vogelzang's secret vending machine

The secret locker is open daily in the run-up to Christmas, between 9am and 9pm.  However Vogelzang doesn't want people to spread the word, too much, in case she can't meet demand.

"Do gossip and whisper about it, but do not shout out loud because I don't have enough time to make larger batches of porcelain!" she said.