I’m going to go ahead and assume that all other places of work foster the same strange fascination myself and my colleagues have with each other’s lunches. Our editor, for example, inexplicably eats two of everything, one of the directors goes through a lot of pate and the other day someone from design ate burger and chips in a wrap. For me though, it’s all about the vessel. I thought I’d found it, the perfect container – an enamel tiffin with compartments and carry handle – but then the internet presented me with Utilitarian Ceramic by Ben Fiess and I was left wanting.
Ceramic surfaces are an endless source of fascination for Ben and these forms, “inspired by mass-produced objects and architecture” are tangible elements of a process-led curiosity. His prolific preoccupation with materials and colours has driven this Minnesota-based designer to record a brilliantly insightful database of clay and glazes that he uses when creating these functional wares, stacked and arranged in colour-ways with a copacetic joy. I want one, I want one.