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Intricate wooden tableware looks like tiny buildings

Is there a better way to serve a macaron?

Wood serving trays with arch cutouts Photo: Mad Lab

Part architectural object, part functional tableware, Madrid studio Mad Lab’s new line of platters, trays, and vessels is a whimsical intersection of design nerdery.

“Utopia,” a series of wooden wares carved into simple, pared-down shapes, is inspired by the buildings from “Ideal City,” a series of three 15th-century Italian Renaissance paintings, as well as painter Piero della Francesca of the same era.

Macarons on wood platter Photo: Mad Lab

Like those paintings, Mad Lab’s designs also play with dimension and perspective thanks to cutouts that cast shadows and painted details.

Food platters with arching negative space look like the gates to a Renaissance plaza. Tower-like jars made from cedar wood incorporate a gold spire for a a handle. A flat-topped tray doubles as a serving tray and cover for an imaginary miniature bathhouse.

Photo: Mad Lab
Wood jar with gold spier handle Photo: Mad Lab

If we didn’t know better, we’d say the pieces are more minimalist dollhouse than tableware—but maybe there’s room to be both.

Via: Dezeen