The award-winning Singaporean design firm Creativeans displayed this simple but functional food cover at last week’s Salone del Mobile in Milan. Using a magnet and a simple crease, the food cover (a typical household item in Singaporean homes) can be folded flat to be used as a table mat, or be inverted to be used as bowl or serving tray for fruit, bread, or other items. What I like best is that you can store these flat under some plates, and then just pop them open when you need them. I see children and drunk party guests also wearing them as hats … though that is not recommended by the designers or sober adults.
During last April’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan, ECAL/University of Art and Design Lausanne presented a student design exhibition at the Alessi space on Via Manzoni showcasing a collection of desk and office objects. While I didn’t see the products in person, from these photos the second-year student work (led by the industrial design department head Elric Petit) certainly looks like something of the quality that I would find in an Alessi catalog. While there are no current plans to put the items into production, I would be very surprised if this was the last time we see some of them. Either way, best of luck to the students, who have had great exposure on an international scale, and serious pieces for their portfolios.