contraband servewareby Daniel Michalik
- the story
If your taste in design favors fine craftsmanship, sleek geometric forms, and a subtle touch of playfulness, then your ship has come in. These serving platters from designer Daniel Michalik were inspired by the ships he sees passing on the busy waterways near his home. Their form alludes to these these big, commercial vessels, yet is sophisticated enough to feel like sculptural works of art. Crafted from Northeastern American hardwoods, the vessels can be used for serving food, holding desktop essentials, or left on display as decorative accents.
The Carrier is made from beechwood, and has a larger surface, perfect for offering bread or crudité. The smaller Cargo Ship is crafted from white oak, and hauls glass jars for condiments or even tealight candles. Each has a large cork, representing the bridge of the ship, which can be removed to reveal "contraband" hidden underneath--toothpicks, a piece of candy, or even a secret message. As a finish, they are rubbed down with salad bowl oil. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York.
- Item ID
- Made from
- glass, cork, beech wood, white oak wood
- See below for measurements.
- Clean with damp cloth and mild soap.
Cargo Ship: 10" L x 3" W x 2.75" H; Glasses: 2.4" H x 2" diameter, 2.5 oz. capacity
Carrier: 11" L x 4" W x 2.75" H
- the maker
Daniel Michalik is the founder of a firm creating furniture and objects from underutilized, environmentally responsible materials and manufacturing methods. Recent explorations have included cork from sustainable managed forests and lumber from structures around New York City.
Daniel received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in the Department of Furniture Design, and currently teaches Product Design at Parsons the New School for Design. Daniel lives in New York City with his wife and two sons.
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