Sustainable and Edible Design at 'InDisposed' [food art]

InDisposed was an exhibit that took place this week at Studio-X as part of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City — the curators challenged fifteen "visionary thinkers in a range of media, from furniture and graphic designers to fine artists and musicians" to address themes of disposability, waste, and wastefulness by using sustainable materials in their designs. Here's a sampling:

"Dough-Dough Bird Feeder," Jeff Miller. Massive cookie; powder-coated laser-cut aluminum. Photograph from inhabitat.com

Dough-Dough is a disposable bird feeder made of cookie dough, molded and baked in a sheet-metal mold, that gets literally consumed and "disposed of" as birds peck away at it. Made with the help of Maury Rubin of City Bakery.

"UFO/Unidentified Feeding Object," Andrea Ruggiero with Bengt Brummer. Photograph from inhabitat.com

The UFO / Unidentified Feeding Object is a picnic plate made from a composite of blended birdseed, potato starch, guar gum, and a seaweed-like binding agent, designed to be used once and then thrown, like a frisbee, so that it shatters and becomes food for animals. "Rigid and lightweight, UFO is highly resistant to wet foods, vinegars, and sauces—yet completely biodegradable, non-toxic, and vegan."

"The Auto-Cannibalistic Table," Atema Architecture. Paper egg cartons glued with natural paste (flour, water), soil, and plants. Photograph from indisposednyc.com

The Auto-Cannibalistic table is made of paper egg flats, flour paste, soil, and seeds — and once water is added, the seeds germinate, so that the table ends up eating itself. "Why can’t a table eat itself? Tables support food, but why can’t they also be food?" says Atema.

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