Conceived as an entry for this year’s Parmigiano Reggiano Design Challenge 2022, Tomás Neumann’s pasta bowl sits at the very intersection of food and design. The bowl looks instantly familiar to the trained eye with its unique texture, color and uneven surface. Rendered in KeyShot, Neumann cleverly managed to make the edge of his bowl of pasta look like the mountain-like cracked surface of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese when it’s first opened. Coincidentally, the uneven texture also pays homage to the Apennine mountains in the Reggio Emilia region, from where we still get Parmigiano Reggiano cheese today!
The Parmigiano Reggiano Design Challenge is now in its second year, looking for products that enhance the human experience, inspired by the culinary works of world-renowned chefs. Launched in partnership with iconic Italian brands Kartell and Alessi, the Parmigiano Reggiano consortium launches its annual design challenge to creatives, inviting them to “imagine masterpieces for the table inspired by food”.
Designate: Tomas Neumann
Neumann’s starter pays perfect homage to the iconic Pasta Cacio e Pepe. Given the dish’s deeply intertwined history with Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, this made it a perfect choice! Neumann’s pasta bowl, titled “Appennino Interiore” (or Apennine Within) highlights and celebrates the mountainous texture that forms when a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano is broken. The crystalline surface of hard cheese breaks unevenly, creating a miniature Apennine-like surface that is bursting with the cheese’s characteristic aged flavor. This flavor is accentuated not only through the pasta, but through the dish in which it is presented. The Appennino Interiore is designed with an iconic textured rim, while also boasting a grain-like pattern that is a hat to the texture found on the crust. of the grinding wheel, left by the fabric in which it is attached. The Appennino Interiore is also designed to be made sustainably. Neumann mentions that the bowl is, in fact, made from a “biodegradable, food-grade resin/linen composite that uses linen cheesecloth discarded from cheese production, adding it to a list of by-products already recycled and recycled from the production of Parmigiano Reggiano.”