No self-respecting teen film can exist without those two special words: “FOOD FIGHT!” It seems like school cafeterias are purpose-built just for those moments of pie-flying, table-turning chaos. (Lunch orders are a lower priority.)
These following designs, I think, would put the class back into class room squabble. Or, in any case, be handy for standby military mode on any old table.
Actually, to be (faintly) serious, these items weren’t designed for raining food across film cafeteria sets – they actually originated as centrepieces for an awards dinner at the Design Museum in London. It’s a good pairing though: the threat of silly-cream annihilation should be present at every ceremony – it sure would make those smug televised awards broadcasts way more interesting.
The table pieces were curated by OKAY studio and their design friends, under the name, “It’s OKAY to play with your food”. (I came across it at work while doing some fact-checking the other day.)
The “Cream Shooter” by Raw Edges can be puffed up with thick dairy froth, so the bellows squirt and catapult streams of cream across a table. I like its medieval-meets-Double-Dare feel and think The Lord of the Rings trilogy could have benefited from some Orcs getting cream-blasted like an underdressed scone at high tea.
I also like the design firm’s edible take on William Tell, with the bows made out of Italian bread sticks, ready to spear through a well-placed apple.
Oscar Narud opts for the old-fashioned defence strategies, with their Spoon Catapult. The multi-spoon structure means many ’rounds’ of food can be launched in one flick of the wrist. Carpet-bombing looks pretty tame in comparison.
Okay Studio, www.okaystudio.org
Oscar Narud, www.oscarnarud.com
Raw Edges, www.raw-edges.com