Milan-based designers Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira explain their Sapore dei Mobili (Taste of Furniture), a waffle pan that turns out tiny edible furniture, as a “reflection about the velocity of the contemporary furniture industry and how the consumers are unable to digest the huge amount of new products launched every year.” Because how better to make design digestible than to make design that's literally digestible?

Earlier this week blogazine 2DM spotlighted the Sapore dei Mobili in its coverage of Salone 2012, the annual furniture fair in Milan where Fukusada and Pereira launched the pan. Under the headline “Waffles for a Design Hangover,” 2DM lamented the state of Italian design education, its heavy emphasis on commercialism and general lack of innovation, aligning its sentiments with those tongue-in-cheek designs at the fair, the Sapore dei Mobili in particular.

“That's certainly some mass production we can deal with,” 2DM joked about the tiny edible lamps and tables. The furniture pan also molds edible chairs, vases and credenzas, from a mix of traditional Japanese small cakes, baby castella and a Portuguese egg pastry called ovos moles, a culinary mirror of the designers' respective nationalities. But Fukusada and Pereira encourage experimentation: topping the tiny furniture set with jam, sprinkles and powdered sugar. It is, simply, design in good taste.

Shabby chic, Danish modern, or waffle?; Credit: Sapore dei Mobili

Shabby chic, Danish modern, or waffle?; Credit: Sapore dei Mobili

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