The Very Best of Sandwich Design

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To know our nation’s sandwich landscape is to understand what it means to be American. As rich and diverse as the streets south of Houston, the menus at New York’s best sandwich shops read like a provocative abstract on America’s cultural ethnography: the French dip, the Cubano, the Philly cheesesteak, the spicy Rizzak, the Reuben, the Runza, the Hillel, the Fluffernutter and the food scene’s best Italian import since Mario Batali, the Muffaletta.

James Beard, the godfather of gourmet American food, said “too few people understand a really good sandwich.” We think that’s changing. With everyone from our favorite sexy celebrity chef superstar to designers and artists the world over giving sliced bread and the good stuff between it due attention, we think the era of the sandwich is upon us. From intricate porcelain patterned bread to condiment design to deconstructed sandwiches made entirely out of vegetables, here’s our look at sandwich game-changers. Let us know in the comments what do you do to up your sandwich’s ante.

Delft porcelain patterned sandwich

Image credit: MINALE-MAEDA via More Design Please

Duotone sandwiches

Image credit: Charles Schiller

Typographic sandwiches with bread shaped like letters

Image credit: Justin Tan

Deconstructed veggie sandwich with sweet potato sliced “bread”

Image credit: Insanewiches

Open-faced embroidered egg on toast sandwich

Image credit: Judith G. Clausner

Artsy sandwich palette with condiments as paint daubs

Image credit: Ryohei Yoshiyuki via Triangulation

Brass knuckle sandwich

Image credit: Kyle Bean

Rubik’s Cubewich

Image credit: Insanewiches

Dagwood Scanwich

Image credit: Scanwiches

Open-faced modern ham sandwich

Image credit: Kevin Van Aelst

Two-sided bread art sandwich

Image credit: The Bread Art Project via Sweet Station

Cameo Oreo cookie sandwich

Image credit: Judith G. Clausner