An elegant bowl set for popcorn, fruit, mashed potatoes, chips, dip and on and on.
The Nesting Bowl set was a design collaboration between TBA founder Nick Moen and resident designer Adrienne Eliades. They wanted to create a set ideal for entertaining and sharing while making them aesthetically pleasing to have around when not in use. The result was a three-bowl set offering a wide range of uses: The largest bowl is perfect for popcorn, salads, or a landing pad for a fresh bag of lemons. The smallest is great for dips and snacks, and the medium fits everything in between. All three contribute to our daily lives.
Over recent years, we’ve seen a renaissance of everything handmade. Why is that? In a heavily consumer world, perhaps we want to choose pieces that serve more than one purpose. Yes, they need to serve a function, but they should also bear some identity. The handmade movement allows us to curate meaningful items that contribute to our lives, rather than collecting disposable clutter. These handmade items are crafted by someone who has found purpose in what they make, so that they can serve the same purpose for us. When we think about the handmade movement, we think of quality, function, and style without compromise. That is the apex of our new Nesting Bowl set.
The functionality of the bowls were prioritized in the design concept from the very beginning. Starting with the smallest size, Nick and Adrienne found the perfect shape and volume, and then built of the two larger bowls using the golden ratio. They left no stone unturned, imagining how the forms would fit together visually and physically, Nick recalls,
“Once we decided on the volume for the bowls and their specific purposes, we stuck to our aesthetic of non-round forms with sleek, faceted plains. We offset the lip to give the bowls some visual interest as a set and scaled them so that you could fit your hands in between each bowl to easily stack and unstack them.”
The end result: three bowls that stack together in a subtly spiraling elegance.
The design process began with a cardboard form that allowed Nick and Adrienne to determine the volume of each bowl based on the foot and lip - essentially a 3D sketch. With this sketch, they were able to create a 3D-printed plastic prototype that brought their design to life for the first time.
The plastic prototype is then molded in plaster and kept in the studio. Plaster is used for its absorbent quality, so the team at The Bright Angle can use the plaster molds to make multiples of the new form in a process known as “slip casting.” This is done by pouring liquid porcelain (aka “slip”) into the plaster molds, where the plaster immediately begins to pull moisture out of the slip, leaving a solid porcelain shell. Since the slip only hardens next to the plaster, the slip in the middle can be poured out, leaving the hardened form sitting inside the mold and viola! A brand new nesting bowl is born and ready to be glazed and fired.
Perfect for gifting to friends, family, newlyweds, or new homeowners, the Nesting Bowl set caters to those who appreciate organization and functionality just as much as they care for design and quality. We are excited to share this set with you as your new kitchen and dining staple. Stay tuned, the release the first 7 sets is Saturday, November 24!