Our weekly serving of off-the-menu items—a few popular favorites from the week as well as a few morsels that may have slipped your notice.

Marti Guixé and Francesca Zampollo Inaugurate Masters of Food Design Program
The two trailblazing food designers are part of the inaugural teaching staff for Scuola Politecnica di Design (SPD) Masters of Food Design program launching in March 2015. Interestingly enough, the program is being sponsored by industrial food heavyweight, Pepsico. Read Dezeen’s interview with SPD director Antonello Fusetti here.

-Photo Courtesy of AFP

Training Insect Farmers in Kinshasa
With 96 tonnes of caterpillars supplied to the capital city for the Democratic Republic of Congo annually, it makes sense to launch a training program to promote insect farming in Kinshasa. A new program promises to train 1000 people in the next year to farm and process insects for human consumption.

Whisky Textiles
Johnnie Walker Black Label and Harris Tweed have teamed up with an Edinburgh university to develop a “smart fabric” that permanently smells of whisky.


Banana Chandelier
As part of an extravagant dinner at the future site of the Faena Hotel, residences and Rem Koolhaas-designed cultural forum, the artist Gonzalo Fuenmayor installed a number of his victorian era chandeliers with bunches of fresh bananas mounted to the stems. Dinner was served on tableware designed by Studio Job during Art Basel Miami Beach 2014.


Tetra Pak’s Bio-Based Packaging
An overview of Tetra Pak’s recent innovation report which includes news that the carton packaging giant has successfully launched the first fully bio-based packaging solution.


Optical Placemats
Japanese design studio A.P. Works has created a feast for the eyes with their “Trick Mat” placemats. This optical illusion adds some dimension to your table setting.

Food-Design-Wallpaper-Graduate-2015From Left: Bjørn van den Berg’s “Circus Notes,” Maud van Deursen’s ‘Chateau d’eau’ carafe, and Raúl López de la Cerda’s “Dividings, Privacy Exposed” cabinet

Design Graduates Class of 2015
Wallpaper* has announced its picks for the hottest young talent in the fields of design, architecture, fashion and more. We love Maud van Deursen’s ‘Chateau d’eau’ carafes, creating an elevated drinking experience for drinking water, straight from the tap.


Break out the bordeaux, Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2015 is Marsala, “a naturally robust and earthy wine red.”