New Trend: The Rabbit In The Moon
This cozy gastropub in New York and this set of tableware from Taiwanese designer Hsia-Ying Lin have one thing in common. No, not that I can't afford to partake in either (okay, two things in common), but that they are both inspired by the Asian legend of the rabbit in the moon — a story to explain the markings visible on the moon, similar to the Western idea of the Man in the Moon. The folkloric nature of the moon rabbit story, and the fact that multiple cultures have subscribed to the same legend makes it ripe for co-opting. There's even an electronica group named Rabbit In The Moon, which makes me suspect that this is just another cultural zeitgeisty thing we'll all be sick of in three months, like the Alice In Wonderland craze we're (hopefully) past. Lin's bowls are gorgeous, though. Hit the jump for additional pictures of the dishes.