There is no doubt about it. Cities and structures inspire artists and designers all the time. Whether your favorite city is New York, San Fran, or Paris, the ambiance in these iconic hubs of culture and design will undoubtedly boost your creative edge. After all, that is why creatives tend to flock to these places as opposed to the quieter countryside, right? The constant stimulation is bound to inspire you.
While this is certainly the case for Seletti-commissioned Luca Nichetto, it wasn’t only the beautifully complex cityscape that intrigued him enough to create his Inception Tableware design. If all you can think of when presented with the name “Inception” is the Leonardo DiCaprio movie that came out in 2010, then you would be on the right track. Nichetto says of his inspiration:
“During a visit to Stefano Seletti in his office in Viadana, Mantua, a curious object resting on his desk caught my attention. It was a scale model of the Manhattan peninsula, a gift from a friend. The object had no particular function yet, but it immediately gave me the idea to create something that played with surreal proportions of the miniature metropolis.”
However, upon dreaming of this miniaturized landscape, he thought of a particular scene in the movie, Inception, where the city of New York seems to fold onto itself almost as if it were made out of rubber. While the flashback was sudden and passing, Nichetto went with his gut to create this colored silicon project that could be used as a dish rack or desk organizer. The intricate placing of skyscrapers – natural in New York City’s urban design – hold up tableware or stationary items without being heavy or in the way. Its flexible material also allows for easy inputs without any hard edges to bump into.
We think its is pretty genius. Added bonus: Having this in your home has the power to transform an ordinary kitchen or desk into an extraordinary one.
All images courtesy of Seletti
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