+/- Hot Plate by Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow

From Designboom's Dining in 2015 Competition 2008 comes the +/- Hot Plate, designed by Ami Drach and Dov Ganchrow. The plates combine ceramics and technology, adding silk-screened gold and amorphic metal films to the humble plate: "Users simply have to hook up the plate to an electrical source and the current will run through the 'decoration' keeping food stuff warm." Say the designers:

At a time when almost every object around us seems to suddenly get Smart; From MP3 jackets to GPS cars to Smart bombs. It seems appropriate to take that age-old baked piece of mud that we like our ancestors eat off of – the ceramic plate, and fuse it with contemporary technological know-how.

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