Thanks to Laura over at Particular Aesthetic for posting about Brazilian Industrial Designer Rafael Morgan. Laura featured his "Indigestive Plate" (shown below) which sent me over to his website and the host of his other amazing designs. Rafael has found an incredibly articulate way to combine innovative design not just with style but with a strong personal philosophy. But why try and stumble over my own tongue to articulate it...I'll let the work speak for itself. (In case you can't quite hear the work...it's saying "Genius!")
The Light Drop is meant to make people think about our natural resources, in this case, water. The lighting element illuminates the bulb with a dimmable LED in the faucet, which is controlled by the tap, meaning the more you twist, the more light you get - a great way to visualize one's energy use. Wouldn't you say?
"Every day 16,000 children die from hunger related causes."
Sure it's a somber message...but a strong one. The Indigestive Plate is printed with a heat sensitive ink so as hot food is placed on the plate the message reveals itself. Pushing aside your seafood risotto to see what's written on your plate would certainly make you appreciate your life's position at the very least.
And now for my personal favorite....
The Hope Table
The Hope Table
Made to look like a bottle floating in the ocean, this is inspiring design for me on SO many levels. Indeed, Rafael, hope springs eternal. Bravo!