As the humble fork and knife are just so ‘banal’, Central St Martins graduate Rhys Ifan has created a range of tableware and cutlery to challenge and provoke us every time we sit down for a snack. Finger Food (pictured) explores the relationship between fingers and food; Lay to Rest comments on food and death; and Weapons of Mass Dissection ‘examines the nature of cutlery – tools that cut, stab and tear’. ‘Quality of life should be about different experiences, and there is no reason why these experiences should have to be pleasurable,’ explains killjoy Ifan. How it must gall him to share a name (well, almost) with the actor who portrayed feather-brained ‘masturbating Welshman’ Spike in Notting Hill.
Two immersive installations at Amy: Beyond the Stage from set designer Chiara Stephenson seek to show a different side of the troubled singer.
As the year draws to a close, here is our pick of festive and not-so-festive design events that are not to be missed in December.
Illustration-led puzzle companies speak with us about how they have capitalised on a market which has been supercharged by pandemic lockdowns and a desire to “switch off”.
From colour charting the Beach Boys to a characterful pet food rebrand, these were some of our favourite projects from the past month.