Contemporary cutlery can be a trap for aspiring designers – something simple, everyday and universally used that is often overdesigned with unecessary gimmicks. Colored flatware can be nice, stainless silverware is durable, but as one designer demonstrates: neither is necessary when one can simply cut their own unique cutlery from an old used plastic bottle and coat it with metal.
Much like a furniture designer selecting the right piece of wood from which to construct an object, Oscar Diaz looks for those parts of plastic bottles with the right form that will allow him to transform them into forks, knives and spoons.
The results look as much like found or folk art as they do high design – copper-and-tin-plated flatware sets, each unique in origin and shape. Whether or not these are truly eco-friendly after such processing is a good question, but at the very least they get people thinking about creative new ways to reuse old everyday objects.