Tableware by Martin Kastner seen at Alinea, Chicago, Chicago - Forkbowl
Tableware by Martin Kastner seen at Alinea, Chicago, Chicago - Forkbowl
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Item Forkbowl
Created by Martin Kastner
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Item Details
Martin Kastner designed the Forkbowl as an evolution of his Palmbowl design, which was originally created for Alinea, the Chicago Michelin three-star. His goal was to guide the diner’s behavior towards a specific eating sequence without the need for instruction.

In this case, the guest intuitively focuses on the suspended bite on the fork before chasing it with the liquid below. While the original Palmbowl will not balance on its own and has to be handed directly to the guest, the Forkbowl’s foot allows one to set the dish on the table without losing the guiding element.

Both versions of the design are made of porcelain fired in an oxidation atmosphere to achieve their warm cream color. They are hand-cast, carved, and sanded in small batches his Chicago studio.

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