“Sometimes it looks more like watercolour, sometimes a marble effect.”
A sealing agent is used to make the plates waterproof and heat resistant, as well as prevent the pigments from rubbing off and making them safe to prepare food on. “I use various techniques for mixing the pigment with concrete,” said the designer. “The idea of using colour comes from our relationship with food – it’s about transferring the sensorial feelings from the food to the tableware,” said Giardino. It’s still a tile, but you can also make visual landscape backgrounds for the food.”
The concrete mixture includes added polymers, and is formed into shapes including circles with various diameters and a range of asymmetric polygons. Concrete Tableware was originally designed for Concrete in Design, a competition for young designers run by Italian design brand Alessi and concrete producer Italcementi. Concrete Tableware is a series of flat modular forms designed as chopping boards, trivets and centrepieces for the table, or simply as artwork. Alessia Giardino recently completed a Masters in Material Futures at Central Saint Martins and presented the Concrete Tableware project during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven last month. “Just by making them in different shapes, they become modular.