10 Foods Impersonating Design Classics


We all know and adore The Secret Life of Food, a quirky kids recipe book that explores food “masquerading as ordinary objects found in and around your home.” We never get tired of anthropomorphizing – well – anything, and imagining that the most common grocery store item can have another, better, more creative life is endlessly entertaining.

With that, here’s our roundup of food’s best attempts at being design important. From gummy bears pretending to be our favorite ubiquitous bearskin rug to cocktail sausages playing at Zanotta’s blow chair to Jell-O taking on the tough task of impersonating Wendell Castle’s awfully solid Castle Chair, consider this an edible masquerade ball celebrating modern design classics. Call us crazy, but we see a successful meme series in the making. Let us know in the comments: what edible personalities would you most like to see “dress up” as a modern masterpiece?

Orange gummy bear as bearskin rug, Brock Davis (2011)

Image credit: Laser Bread

Cocktail sausages as Zanotta’s Blow chair, Alejandra Prieto (2005)

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Melon as Aarnio Eero’s Pastil chair, Alejandra Prieto (2005)

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Biscuit dough as minimal, disposable tableware, Nobuhiko Arikawa (2008)

Image credit: Rice-Design

Rice Krispies as Stonehenge, Brock Davis (2011)

Image credit: Laser Bread

Jell-o as Wendell Castle’s Molar chair, Alejandra Prieto (2005)

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Gingerbread, Smarties and hard candy as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, Melodie and Brenton (2010)

Image credit: Garden Melodies

Broccoli as a structural support for an eco-chic treehouse, Brock Davis (2010)

Image credit: Tree Hugger

Chocolate gingerbread, spun sugar and marshmallow as indoor/ outdoor Modernist poolhouse featuring Willy Guhl’s garden chairs, Nick Milkovich Architects (2009)

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Tootsie Roll rope as Frank Gehry’s Wiggle chair, Alejandra Prieto (2005)

Image credit: Alejandra Prieto