“In an increasingly globalized world, it’s still sometimes shocking to see just how disparate our lives are compared with other human beings around the world. A book of photographs by Peter Menzel called “Hungry Planet: What the World Eats” (“©Peter Menzel www.menzelphoto.com. Ten Speed Press, published in 2005) makes a relevant point with great irony: at a time when hundreds of millions of people don’t have enough to eat, hundreds of millions more are eating too much and are overweight or obese. In observing what six billion eat for dinner the authors note,
“Today, more people are overweight than underweight.”
It is these cultural differences, emphasized and reinforced by the author, which exemplifies the lifestyles and dietary habits of people around the world. In the United States, processed foods are par for course. In the Philippines, fresh fruit and vegetables play a far more significant role. In the harsh Chad sun, a family of six exists on a measly $1.23 per week.
You can buy the book here.
You may have seen some of these photographs from the book as it been widely circulating on the net, if not, I urge you to purchase it and as one of my friends said via email: “I don’t know about you, but I’m counting my blessings.” Traveling to 24 countries, from Greenland, Chad, and Japan to Germany, Guatemala, and the United States, Peter Menzel and Faith D’Aluisio photographed 30 families accompanied by a careful display of a week’s worth of food. Chronicling the enormous differences in eating habits between industrial and developing countries, each section includes a family portrait, along with their groceries, and a listing of how much was spent in each food group. In the tradition of MATERIAL WORLD, this timely, fascinating photography book illustrates not only the growth of fast food consumption worldwide, but also the transformation of diets across the planet. One notes that except where poverty is the most extreme, packaged cookies and candies have gripped the world as have soft drinks, primarily coca-colas. I found it both encouraging that there is so much local food culture left in the world, and deeply depressing that our processed food culture has spread so far and wide. If you look closely at the types of food being purchased you can see the difference between “eating to live” and “living to eat.”
China-based designer Li Jingxuan, has conceived a ‘scent capturing printer’ concept for sony that analyzes certain smells coming from foods, and translates them into a postcard. The system works using an ‘electronic nose’, a sensor that samples pattern recognition to generate and characterize odors. The printer would then simulate these captured fragrances by mixing aroma based inks stored within the device and transferring them onto a special photo-paper stock modules. once printed, the user would peel a flap on the back side of the image to reveal the captured scents. The project adds a new dynamic perspective in communicating through interactive postcards, where the idea of sharing and capturing certain moments in time becomes highly enjoyable.
“The ‘sushi bazooka’, offered by japanese distributor strapya, is a plastic device that makes perfectly rolled sushi. The three piece unit works by simply filling each half of the tube with rice and other ingredients, where they are compressed
using a cylindrical plunger”.
Developed by international ad agency I&S BBDO for the umino seaweed shop, ‘design nori’ is a series of intricately laser-cut seaweed for rolling sushi. Each sheet of five designs– ‘sakura’ (‘cherry blossoms’), ‘mizutama’ (‘water drops’), ‘asanoha’ (‘hemp’), ‘kikkou’ (‘turtle shell’), and ‘kumikkou’ (‘tortoise shell’)– is based on an element of japanese history or symbology, meant to bring beauty, good fortune, growth, happiness, and longevity.
Because of the precision required in the cutting process, the seaweed itself is a thicker variety from the sanriku region of miyagi. umino plans to use the leftover clippings to sell as furikake topping or recompile into other sheets.
The project was commissioned to respark the sale of nori following the tsunami in japan of 2011, at a time when umino director hiroyuki umino notes that japanese are eating less seaweed than in the past.
‘Design nori’ s on exhibition through may 27th, 2012, at ‘katagami style’ of 19th century japanese stencil artwork, at the mitsubishi ichigokan museum in tokyo. the pieces themselves are available for sale only through the retail location
in ibaraki prefacture and at the exhibition, currently for the price of 840 yen (approx. 10 USD) each. in the future, umino hopes to produce the nori on a larger scale and at lower cost.
German design agency Korefe has created the first cookbook you can read, cook and eat.
Called ‘The Real Cookbook’, the cook-able and edible cookbook is made of 100% fresh pasta, and gives you the recipe on how to make a classic lasagne at the same time.
Other than instructions, The Real Cookbook plays an essential part as one of the main ingredients in making the lasagne—pasta pages are used as sheets in a lasagne.
Once baked, the book becomes good enough to eat.
“For a special feature in french culinary magazine fricote, french food designer emilie de griottes developed dessert tarts that recreate pantone colour swatches. berries, carrots, lemon, candies, and other foods are arranged upon a tart base, whose bottom is iced in white and marked with the pantone colour represented. recipes for making the tarts are available in fricote issue number 6 (2012)”
A digital agency Established in London, with offices in Portugal, France, Spain, Germany, Italy and New York. “A site made out of chocolate. Sagres is Portugal’s no 1 beer brand. This fall it launched Sagres Preta Chocolate, a stout beer with a chocolate flavour. What is more suited to launch it than on a site made entirely out of chocolate? We did just that. With the help of Maître Chocolatier Victor Nunes, renown in Portugal for his sculpture made out of chocolate, we designed and produced an interactive site made 100% out of chocolate.
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Daft Punk and Coca-Cola align for another limited edition project. This time around, the techno duo and beverage giant produce a set of limited bottles featuring distinguished 925 silver and 18k gold logo branding, along with “Daft Punk” custom caps. The helmet-inspired bottles and packaging was designed by Daft Punk, with only 20 sets being offered worldwide. For those interested, they go on sale tomorrow at DaftCoke.com.