aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear
 

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear

developed with the notion of bringing a little bit of mystery into our daily lives, designer aldo deli presents ‘elite the vanishing tray.’ appearing at first as a simple white surface, the tray is an object that makes people wonder what it’s for. as objects are placed on top, the function reveals itself, and with this one gesture from the user, a slice of warm copper satisfyingly emerges.

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all images courtesy of aldo deli

 

 

deli created elite by first asking, ‘what happens when we make two objects interact with each other?’ the system works just like a scale, however, the object is only housed and not weighed. the movement of the top is further highlighted with the different chromatic finish of the inner surface, which frames the objects inside, so the piece constantly changes configuration. the project includes a tray (h 5 cm, ø 40) and a pocket emptier (h 4 cm, ø 20).

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the prototype was made using iron, aluminum and plywood. once the iron elements were laser cut, the external tape and the lower plate were welded. the copper tape was then glued inside with silicone and aluminum tubes have been cut to create guides to the springs and the central pin. to obtain their correct positioning and keep the product light, plywood disks were cut inside, which created the slots for the guides, and subsequently glued to the structure. finally, the vanishing tray was completed with three coats of white paint.

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detail of the copper finish

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear designboom

the spring mechanism 

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear designboom

the vanishing tray at breakfast

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear designboom

the vanishing tray at breakfast

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear designboom

the vanishing tray at lunch

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear designboom

the vanishing tray at lunch

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear

the vanishing tray at dinner

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear

the vanishing tray at dinner

aldo deli's 'vanishing tray' works like a scale to make objects disappear

the tray was developed to bring a little bit of mystery into our daily lives

 

 

project info:

 

project name: elite the vanishing tray

design: aldo deli

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • great nest

    luciano campos caceres ribeiro
  • I’ll bite; HOW does it make food “disappear”? Based on the photos, the bottom of the tray simply rises to become flush with the rim upon food being removed, which doesn’t really qualify as making food–or anything heavy enough to compress the springs–“disappear”, not even as a play-on-words-at-a-bar-trick.

    Thomas Mallory

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