I have been seeing this beautiful project by Dutch design firm Studio Wieki Somers and chocolatiers Rafeal Mutter everywhere. From what i’ve seen projects that usually try to mix design and chocolate tend to fall a little short of being completely innovative.
This 220 pound cylindrical block of chocolate designed by the studio doubles as a storytelling medium, detailing various stories about the history of cocoa as its delicate layers are exposed. The work, designed for the Vitra Design Museum’s Confrontations: Contemporary Dutch Design exhibition, ‘focuses on the search for the hidden properties…that evoke memories or stimulate the imagination of users.’ Various flavors and colours of chocolate are embedded throughout the Chocolate Mill, arranged in such an artful way that when a crank-turned blade delicately shaves-off tiny layers, patterns emerge to tell stories about the candy’s history.
One layer, full of white and red chocolate, recreates an African Bobo mask, which cocoa-bean pickers believe have a special power to bring a good harvest.
This project for me is particularly special because it cleverly taps into the charming trend of graphic inlaid designs on furniture that I have been seeing everywhere – and of course it tells stories which i love.
Check out the mesmerising video below which shows glorious curls of patterned chocolate unfurling from the wheel.
Chocolate Mill from Wieki Somers on Vimeo.