February 12 2012
It’s rare that you get the chance to try out a designer’s work while it’s on show at an exhibition. Even those enlightened displays encouraging you to touch and feel usually draw the line at drinking from a glass or eating off a plate. Not so the latest exhibition by London-based designer Sebastian Bergne.
Called A Table, the show comprises a long table laid with food- and drink-related objects designed by Bergne over the past 15 years. By day, the table display is a still life to appreciate and admire. By night, this mise en scène comes alive as a convivial dinner party at which visitors can use the exhibits during a seated meal.
Since 1997, Bergne has made a speciality out of designing stylish wares for preparing and consuming food. There’s his Slope cutlery for Driade (second picture), practical cookware for Tefal, an ice-cream maker for Heston Blumenthal, and his own collection of innovative drinking glasses. “These objects are best appreciated when used,” he says.
Accordingly, he is holding the series of dinners at London’s Great Western Studios, where guests will enjoy an evening meal in the company of like-minded people, including many from the creative industries, while using well-designed pieces, such as Bergne’s spinning-top-inspired Dizzy whisky glasses (third picture, £18), designed-for-stacking Column glasses (£48 for four), Spice Dice cruet (as you’d expect, like dice cubes, £28), Grand Pinocchio long-handled beech-wood salad bowl (£42), Colourware plates (first picture, from £150), Enjoy serving spoon (£3), Flange water carafe (£230) and Candloop candelabra (£20).