kitchen ecology on show at dwell on design in los angeles kitchen ecology on show at dwell on design in los angeles
jul 06, 2009

kitchen ecology on show at dwell on design in los angeles

how do we convince ourselves that more stuff equals more happiness? people live and spend wastefully just to flaunt the fact that they can. we consume as part of a narcissistic self-display. marketing is the most dominant force in human culture and our purchasing decisions are determined by an in-group-membership-conformity-want.  in the realm of animals (which also display their health and power), we display our peacock tail through consumption. graphic illustration by designboom.

‘want / need’ glass by inna alesina, explanation panel

as species we really only ‘need’ things that provide health, warmth, an environment in equilibrium, nourishing food, clean water, sleep, sexual intercourse. everything else is ‘want’. wants, not needs, drive our current economy. targeting wants and pushing them to a level of ‘desire’ (so as to create need) is how successful products gain market share (extract of text of the exhibition).

a view into the ‘kitchen ecology – recipes for good design’ exhibition, curated by designboom

‘log bowls’ by canada’s loyal loot collective (loyal loot collective is made up of carmen douville, dara humniski, doha lindskoog, anna thomas)

each bowl is handmade using only log cut-offs from a variety of trees that have fallen or been cut down due to infrastructure, re-landscaping, droughts, or stormy weather.

high-gloss vibrant finish lacquer in a large variety of water-based colors

‘baja bbq firepack’ by mike and maaike , produced by lazzari

the bbq firepack (front) provides hot coals without the aid of chemicals, with no electrical energy output. it is a great way to cook outdoors.

‘ufo’ by andrea ruggiero and bengt brummer

this ‘unified feeding object’ is a mono-use disposable plate for picnics, garden parties or barbecues…

launch it into the bushes – just like a frisbee, so it breaks into smaller pieces and serves as feed for birds and squirrels

‘message napkin rings’ by japanese design team shibaya (junko shiba and yasumasa shiba)

‘did you switch the electricity off?’, ‘you left the TV on’, ‘no wrapping required’ …

‘treat food and water carefully’ painted text on hand made alabaster rings

more images from the kitchen ecology exhibition to come!

  • Where can I buy the Shibaya rings in th US?

    Giselle says:
  • giselle, you can contact the designers directly through their website to purchase the rings.

    ridhika db says:
  • I reckon that bbq firepack is awesome, its so handy. Its cool that this exhibition has shown all these products. I never knew there was so many Ecological kitchen concept/ products that existed.

    Gary Lee says:
  • What a delightful show! I’m looking forward to see the rest.

    Amanda Deman says:
  • That ‘UFO’ plate is wonderful. What a poetic way of ‘disposing’ of picnic ware!
    Really makes you think twice about how products can evoke a sense of play, but have a meaningful purpose.

    Lily P. says:
  • Love the loot!

    Jonno says:

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