Restaurant UNDERs handcrafted tableware celebrates natural materials

April 12, 2019 by  
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When Snøhetta designed the spectacular concept for UNDER, the world’s largest underwater restaurant located along a rocky Norwegian shoreline, the renowned architecture firm wanted to reference the local landscape in all aspects of design, including the tableware. That’s why the Norwegian brand MENT was chosen as the main supplier for the design and manufacturing of the tableware for the restaurant’s 18-course menu. Founded by sisters Ingvild and Sidsel Forr Hemma, the Fåberg-based design brand designed a unique series of bowls, plates, mugs and other items all crafted by hand from natural materials and Norwegian minerals. Since June 2018, MENT has worked in close collaboration with UNDER head chef Nicolai Ellitsgaard to design, research, test and produce products evocative of the restaurant’s overall concept of celebrating nature, craft and sustainable sourcing. “Getting to work with such a thought out concept — and implementing it further in our design has been incredibly inspiring!” the designers said in a press statement. “For this project, MENT have made items in porcelain, stoneware, wood and clay, and in most products the colors used are made from Norwegian minerals. All items are handmade in MENTs workshop at Fåberg.” For the 18-course menu, MENT created approximately 500 products with 17 different unique designs that include bowls, plates, water jugs, toothpick holders, coffee and tea mugs, a milk-and-sugar set and large snack bowls. Several of the designs also vary in size, material and color. The tableware gets its earthy colors from iron pigments processed from natural magnetite sourced from the area of Nordland in Norway. The color and shapes of the products take inspiration from the Norwegian coast — from the different seaweed, sand and coastal rocks — defined by beautiful textures and a color palette of browns, grays and greens. Related: Europe’s first underwater restaurant opens its doors in Norway Because all of the tableware is handmade and created with natural magnetite with techniques that “are impossible to control,” each product has its own unique features. Although UNDER has already opened to the public, MENT will continue to work in collaboration with the restaurant and the head chef. + MENT Images via MENT

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14 Heirloom Gifts That Will Stand the Test of Time

December 6, 2013 by  
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Presents don’t always have to be recycled or made of sustainable materials to be green. Heirlooms can be just as eco-friendly if they are beautiful, well-made objects that your family members can’t help but pass down from generation to generation. From vintage watches to secret family recipes , here are our picks for heirloom gifts that will be cherished for many years to come. HEIRLOOM GIFTS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antique gifts , cast iron skillet , diamond ring , eco holidays , eco presents , eco-gifts , great chair , great heirloom gifts , green christmas , green gifts , green holidays , green presents , heirloom gifts , high quality gifts , kid prints , replacement china , rough diamond ring , sturdy gifts , sustainable gifts , sustainable holidays , sustainable presents , tableware , vintage gifts , wool throw        

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The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle

December 6, 2013 by  
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The new Voxan Wattman is the world’s most powerful electric motorcycle – and it may just be the greenest adrenaline rush on the road. The bike can reach 60 mph in only 3.4 seconds, it’s capable of hitting over 100 mph. The superbike’s 12.8kWh battery pack can re-charge in about half an hour, and it plugs into any standard European socket. Read the rest of The Voxan Wattman is the World’s Most Powerful Electric Motorcycle Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: concept motorcycle , electric motor , electric motorcycle , Europe , france , monaco , paris motorcycle show , voxan wattman        

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DIY Foodie Gift: 7 Easy Recipes for Pickled Veggies

December 6, 2013 by  
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If you’re fond of making food gifts for the holidays , chances are that you’ve already started baking or assembling tasty niblets like almond bark, cookies, fudge, and other tasty treats. Although most people have a soft spot for sweets on special occasions, there may be some family members and friends whose tastes lean towards salty, sour, and spicy rather than sugary—a perfect opportunity for you to do a little bit of weekend canning to make easy, tasty pickles from a variety of veggies . Below are some recipes that are sure to please any foodie on your list. Read the rest of DIY Foodie Gift: 7 Easy Recipes for Pickled Veggies Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: beet , beet relish , beets , canning , canning DIY , Christmas , christmas presents , DIY , diy gifts , DIY pickle gift , diy presents , easy pickles , hanukkah , holiday gift , Holiday present , holiday presents , holidays , Kwanzaa , mushrooms , onions , pickled beets , pickled mushrooms , pickled onions , Pickled vegetables , pickled veggies , pickles , pickling , solstice , Xmas , xmas gifts , xmas presents , Yule        

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Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House!

December 6, 2013 by  
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What do you get when you combine 1,800 pounds of butter, 7,200 eggs, 7,200 pounds of flour and truck-loads of candy? The world’s biggest gingerbread house! Located at the Texas A & M Traditions Club and certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest gingerbread house ever, the 39,000 cubic foot (and 36-million calorie) structure is big enough to live in and even has electricity. All proceeds earned from the sweet house will go to charity, and while you can’t actually take a bite (it’s roped off), you can go for a visit. Read the rest of Texas A&M Unveils the World’s Biggest Gingerbread House! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biggest Gingerbread House , Bill Horton , Bill Horton Traditions Club , Guinness , Guinness Largest Gingerbread House , St. Joseph Health System , St. Joseph Health System Trauma Center , texas a&m , Texas A&M Fundraiser , Texas A&M Gingerbread House , Texas A&M Traditions Club , Texas Gingerbread House , Traditions Club Gingerbread House , World Record Gingerbread House , World Records , World’s Largest Gingerbread House        

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Beautiful Collision Tableware Uses Red Cabbage Dye to Create Unexpected Pigments

May 8, 2013 by  
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Color Collision is a collection of non-toxic ceramic tableware  designed by Kirstie Van Noort and Rogier Arents . To achieve the unique colors seen above, the ceramic objects were first dyed with red cabbage and then soaked in various liquids with different PH levels. What came to be were beautiful, surprising, and one-of-a-kind pieces steeped in color. Read the rest of Beautiful Collision Tableware Uses Red Cabbage Dye to Create Unexpected Pigments Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ana lisa alperovich , ceramic , Dutch Design Week 2012 , Dutch invertuals , Eindhoven , green products , Kirstie Van Noort , pH , red cabbage , Rogier Arents , sustainable food , tableware        

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Edible Sweeeeet Tableware is Made From a Traditional Korean Confection

April 2, 2013 by  
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Designer Jiwon Choi has created a line of edible “ Sweeeeet Tableware ” made from a traditional Korean confection called yeot. Yeot is made with various kinds of grains without any artificial additives, and it’s usually served in stick form. It has been enjoyed as a traditional dessert for centuries, and today it’s found mostly in tourist attractions in Korea. Choi sought to make Yeot into a playful and enjoyable set of tableware that glorifies the traditional snack. The set includes petite-sized bowls and plates to serve various kinds of traditional Korean desserts in the sweetest way. The line is part of the Seoul Utopia Project (SUP). + Sweeeeet Tableware The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: edible products , edible tableware , green design , green kitchen , green packaging , Jiwon Choi , korean cuisine , korean desert , Seoul Utopia Project , sustainable design , Sweeeeet Tableware , yeot

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12 Heirloom Gifts They Will Cherish Forever

December 4, 2012 by  
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We’ve been bringing you the best green gifts all week but it’s important to point out that an object doesn’t have to be biodegradable or made from recycled materials to be sustainable. The most eco-friendly gifts are ones that will stand the test of time and be passed down from generation to generation. From fine timepieces to secret family recipes to rare books that they’ll read with their grandkids , see all of our heirloom gift ideas here . HEIRLOOM GIFTS > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: antique gifts , cast iron skillet , diamond ring , eco holidays , eco presents , eco-gifts , great chair , great heirloom gifts , green christmas , green gifts , green holidays , green presents , heirloom gifts , high quality gifts , kid prints , replacement china , rough diamond ring , sturdy gifts , sustainable gifts , sustainable holidays , sustainable presents , tableware , vintage gifts , wool throw

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Oddbirds: Unique Lamps Made From Lost and Found Tableware

October 13, 2010 by  
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Swedish design collective Oddbirds has produced a beautiful range of interior objects, accessories and textiles by creatively combining old, new and recycled materials. This series of unique lamps is made from lost and found, rediscovered, and inherited tableware

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