Edible Furniture By Lanzavecchia + Wai
Design Studio Lanzavecchia + Wai has come up with an intriguing solution to an economic instability situation: they have designed a furniture collection entitled Austerity that can be eaten. The edible furniture includes a table, chairs and much more, and most importantly, almost everything can be eaten.
Austerity: Edible Furniture
Hard Candy Coffee Table
Who would have thought that an edible furniture collection can have such a grim name? When constructing the furniture pieces from the collection, the designers used various edible materials, from candy to corned beef. As explained by the design team Lanzavecchia + Wai , they made furnishings as a reaction to the unstable economic positions of many countries:
How can furniture react to times of crisis? The decorational elements that were once appreciated, suddenly become superfluous and should evolve to reflect a new era of austerity; the objects become edible and offer themselves to be consumed when needed.
For example, the Hard Candy Coffee Table is made from hard-boiled sweet that can be eaten away till there is nothing left but a black metal structure. The Chocolate Chair was made from 24 kilograms of white chocolate that similarly can be eaten away. Just imagine how heavy this chair might be! Now there is also a sofa from rice bricks that have been glued together with starch to form a backrest for a bench. The sofa is draped with a cotton quilt full of dried beans, by the way.
There is also a table, which tabletop is baked into a cracker that balances on stacked tins of corned beef. Once everything is eaten, the only thing that remains is the simple black tray. Of course this collection is not accidental. The Austerity furniture was displayed during Padiglione Italia’s Foodmade exhibition that took place in the Ventura Lambrate district of Milan. The furniture collection is not only practical, but also very conceptual, as the choice of edible materials is not accidental either. The collection is comprised from basic nutrients, carbohydrates, proteins, sugar and chocolate that provide the needed elements to functioning of a human being.