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chocolate mill by studio wieki somers
jun 20, 2012
chocolate mill by studio wieki somers


‘chocolate mill’ by studio wieki somers
all images courtesy of studio wieki somers

dutch designers at studio wieki somers have combined forces with chocolatier rafael mutter to create ‘chocolate mill’.
shown as part of the confrontations exhibition at the vitra design museum, the project celebrates a global weakness, the sweet tooth.
delicate rosettes are shaved off a cylindrical block of the cocoa-based confection, which is made up of a mixture of flavors,
using a crank-turned blade. from this, a topography of various patterns integrated within the candy slowly emerge, creating a flip-book
effect as the layers are scraped off.


a video demonstrating the chocolate mill
video courtesy of studio wieki somers

the instrument was designed by adapting a machine used mainly in
switzerland as a cheese slicer and references the stories and history
surrounding the candy. one example of this is the
geometric motifs from rafael mutter’s bonbons. by turning the mill the
audience
become witness to a kaleidoscopic effect in which an african bobo
masks emerge, which cocoa-bean pickers believe have a special
power to bring a
good harvest.

other participating artists have been covered by designboom for this diverse showcase dedicated to a number of innovative dutch designers
whose experimental methods are similar to that of designer gerrit rietveld. this includes work by formafantasma with their charcoal
concept
and lucas maassen with his synthetic DNA chandelier.


rosettes are shaved off the block to slowly reveal different patterns


the sweet is shaved with a crank-turned blade


detailed patterns emerge from various chocolates embedded within the block


towards the end of the block

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