Albert Marin & Roser Quer (Graph Arquitectura) made this design proposal for the ‘Copper and the Home 2012’ contest. Our proposal was to use recycled copper and its alloys to creat this cutlery and have the choice to use a non tasteless cutlery to improve the taste of some food. It seems that mango taste amazing with a copper fork!
FLAVOURS: Did you know that some materials can impove the taste of a meal? The material, the color and the cutlery wieght influence in how we perceive the food. Some estudies has reveal that some food taste much better depending on the metal you are eating with. This concept is very usefull for a restaurant with lots of interest in a new cuisine. Combining the food with its perfect fork can be a new trend that will give copper a domestic use that it hasn’t had before. And not just for restaurants. You can also have this tasty cutlery at home. So you can prepeare a delicious meal at home that will surprise your guests.
RECYCLE: Our idea is to create new objects from recycled copper. The design has been developed based on copper’s life and its properties. We had decided to divide each piece of cutlery in two parts since they don’t have the same prupose as they don’t need the same properties.
The head of each piece has to be durable, resistant and tasteless. With an advanced technological treatment called PVD (physical vapur deposition) used in aerospace biomedical applications, various shades of surface colour can be obtained that are both non-toxis and biocomplatible. The product with such a finis scratch resistant, guaranteed dishwasher safe, doeas not mark, and is resistant to everyday use. The colour of these items remain unchaned in time, making hem a perfect choice for the table, as well as for normal daily use in hotels and restaurants.
The body of each piece of vutlery has to be resistant too, but not necessarily so durable or tasteless as the head. We decided to use different materials such as wood, cement or even recycled copper and its alloys. All these materials are also recyclable. The copper and its alloys won’t be treated at all, so patina process will start by itself, giving them a natural look.
The client will be able to choose both materials, designing its own cutlery, deciding the colours and textures. As head and body can be splited, the costumer can recycle the part wich doesn’t want to use anymore, keeping the other and buying a new recycled one.