ISSO – to eat with food
ISSO is a series of eatable bowls, plates, cups and cutlery. Instead of just being edible, it is made of dried fruits or vegetables and as a result becomes a tasteful part of your meal.
To eat with food, which means to eat with hands, but without eating with your hands. You rather make the utensils and plates part of the ceremony, eat them together with your meal and in the end afterwards nothing is left. ISSO can be produced in various different types and sizes, depending on what and how big your meal should be. However even more important than the shape of ISSO shall be its taste. ISSO is a physical carrier of the food and at the same time a crucial component of the meal. Imagine the Currywurst being served in a bowl made of dried curry ketchup instead of plates which would be thrown away right after. The intense taste of the dried tomato in the bowl makes the food experience even more exceptional. Another example are the paper baking dishes for muffins. They could be replaced by eatable fruit baking dishes. Hence after being baked with the dough, the muffin can be eaten entirely. Imagine a vanilla muffin with a slide taste of apple and cinnamon which are the ingredients of the baking dish.
You can eat with your hands without being sickend by it. And the best part, there is no trash. You could call it kind of an intercultural cutlery which brings together different cultures. ISSO is a fusion of cutlery and no cutlery, of eating with a spoon and eating with your hands. It is both at the same time, without having the fear of touching food - although your doing it.
2018 – Master Project UdK Berlin – Prof. Burkhard Schmitz, Dipl. Des. Antonia Kühne