Morphing the shapes of the sea and the Catalan coast for the tables at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona are many Spaniards who design and handcraft plates so diverse that the only way to describe them is unique. While most of the gastronomic design ceramics at the greatest restaurant in Spain (and also voted the Best Restaurant in the World by the San Pellegrino Guide) recall nature, a set of aluminum plates looking like the Catalan bread was crafted exclusively for the restaurant by Andreu Carulla studio. Titled as Plat Viu it is a plate that seems to have a life of its own, that moves as if it was capable of breathing. The Roca brothers are not afraid to cross established boundaries nit just in their cuisine, but also their choice of tableware.
This young product designer has also collaborated during the Pandemic closure on the reinvention of some signature dishes at the world-famous Catalan restaurant where innovation never rests on its laurels. Timeline is one of them. Read his article here.
I pictured all of the craftwork that captivated me most during my birthday meal at El Celler de Can Roca here. A duo of tea cups in a sea shell meets white chalk metamorphosis mesmerised me so profoundly that they wrapped them for me as a gift. These are very special gastronomic design ceramics also in their non-static buoyancy on the organically uneven saucers. One musts pay attention to that moment when the tea is poured in and sipped with a delicate care. I appreciate this subconscious push into mindfulness.
In my Gastronomic design ceramics series, check further out what talent the great French chefs support, how the Japanese tableware changes with the seasons, or who in America employed an architect of his building to insert some vessels into the restaurant’s repertoire.