Playful explorations about our attitudes, traditions and hangups about food are served up in Dinner Tales, a conceptual series of seven white porcelain dinner plates by the young German-born designer Lisa Grahner.
The artist states that the work illustrates “clichés, habits, prejudices, preferences and traditions about eating.” She deals with irony in Dinner for Once; humor in Dinner to Go, a plate which looks like a to-go bag; slicing in Do You Wanna Try a Piece? and eating disorders and dietary supplements in Why Food, There are Pills! Sharing is represented by a plate cut in half and food for vegetarians is a plate surrounding a chicken wing-shaped void. A plate bundled with string suggests food as a present.
All of these concepts are explored further in her imaginative recipe book: dictators seated at a dinner table carve up a globe on one page devoted to sharing and another page displays an assault of pills asking the reader whether they’ve had their laundry list of vitamins for that day. The book is worth checking out and can be paged through online at your leisure.
Lisa Grahner has made a name for herself creating simple yet playful objects of beauty. She pursued her studies in Holland at the Art Academy of Maastricht and accrued her design acumen from the reputed Front Design in Sweden and at the Aldo Bakker and Marcel Wanders Studio in Amsterdam, where she worked for three years. Lisa has created pieces for the German porcelain maker Kahla, such as her Mind the Gap teacup which won a Red Dot Design Award.
Above image: Dinner for Once and Dinner to Go. All works by Lisa Grahner. Photographs from the artist.
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