For several years we have found tremendous inspiration strolling the aisles of the Maison & Objet design show in Paris, never knowing exactly what might strike our fancy. Usually, the products we are attracted to, have nothing to do with food, but somehow we find a way to tie it in… by turning it upside down, by taking it apart… when the creative juices start flowing that’s when we’re at our best.

This year we were thrilled to see a whole exhibit dedicated to food design. The exhibit Nourriture Premiere by Elizabeth Leriche put food at the center of creation by reinterpreting the power of the first original foods. By looking to the past, Elizabeth inspired artists to rethink the future and the present of food and design.

Essential foods such as bread, meat, milk, vegetables, and honey, were highlighted in different settings and sometimes accompanied by tastings designed by fellow food designer Marc Bretillot.

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LAIT – MILK

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Photo: Féesmaison

PAIN – BREAD

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Bread baskets

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Bread tableware

VIANDE – MEAT

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Beef parts made from ceramic in a Seletti cabinet. Photos: Féesmaison

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Suspended meat textiles by Tamara Kostianovsky. Photo: Féesmaison

LEGUMES – VEGETABLES

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Root vegetable chandelier

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Hand sewn vegetables

MIELE – HONEY

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Suspended paper waxed spoons on a clothesline for guests to taste Marc Bretillot’s chestnut honey mousse with lemongrass slivers. Photo: Féesmaison

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Beeswax honeycomb vase colonized by real bees by Tomas Libertiny

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Beeswax honeycomb vase detail

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Photo: René Spitz

Photos by Pinch unless otherwise noted.