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MOLD (thisismold.com) is an exploration of how design can shape the future of food. Through our playful and irreverent Instagram feed and in-depth, original reporting and columns from industry thought leaders on our site, our editors cover innovative ideas emerging from the world of food design and technology. From cellular agriculture to 3D food printing, entomophagy to beautifully designed tableware (and why it makes your meal taste better), MOLD spotlights the ideas that will revolutionize how we produce, prepare and eat food in the years to come.

Introducing a new kind of design studio - one that's crafting furniture for food! http://bit.ly/2H2x5XH
05/07/2019
Benditas Studio: Creating Furniture for Food

Introducing a new kind of design studio - one that's crafting furniture for food!
http://bit.ly/2H2x5XH

Designers Caterina Vianna and Ferran Gesa are founding a new kind of studio – one that’s designing furniture for food. Benditas, their Barcelona-based studio, develops products and furniture that are actively engaged with food. After hearing about projects that focused on themes like “furnitur...

Check out the history of the moka, the simple coffee pot that has become an icon in Italian coffee culture!http://bit.ly...
04/24/2019
Moka Pot: Design Icon and Symbol of Italian Coffee Culture

Check out the history of the moka, the simple coffee pot that has become an icon in Italian coffee culture!
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The moka pot has become an iconic part of Italian coffee culture, serving as a distinct symbol of making coffee at home, and the Italian love of espresso. While the engineering of the moka is simple—steam pushes hot water through coffee grounds—the history of its design is complicated and nuance...

ICYMI our picks for the best food design projects during this year's Salone. See something we missed? Let us know in the...
04/14/2019
MOLD’s Picks at Milan Design Week 2019

ICYMI our picks for the best food design projects during this year's Salone. See something we missed? Let us know in the comments below: http://bit.ly/2UjapHc

From mushroom mycelium architecture to 3D printed homes for insects, here are a few of MOLD’s favorite exhibitions and installations at Milan Design Week 2019. Houses for the Insects Inside your House Designer Angelo Renna’s latest project “Lesser Houses” provides a series of 3D printed home...

Food Design Friday: Playing Music for Your Cheese, Water VR at Milan Design Week, and an Original Coca-Cola Bottle
04/05/2019
Food Design Friday: Playing Music for Your Cheese, Water VR at Milan Design Week, and an Original Coca-Cola Bottle

Food Design Friday: Playing Music for Your Cheese, Water VR at Milan Design Week, and an Original Coca-Cola Bottle

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. Controlling the Taste of Cheese with Hip-Hop Researchers in Switzerland exposed a selection of cheese wheels to music 24 hours a day for six months, hoping ...

Food Design Friday: 3D Printed Sushi, MAD’s Cooking School of the Future, and Brewing Tea with Data
03/15/2019
Food Design Friday: 3D Printed Sushi, MAD’s Cooking School of the Future, and Brewing Tea with Data

Food Design Friday: 3D Printed Sushi, MAD’s Cooking School of the Future, and Brewing Tea with Data

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. A Data-Collecting Teapot The Teplo 2.0 uses information it collects from both people and its environment to brew the perfect pot of tea. The teapot senses fac...

March 24th is the last day to apply for the 2019 Ginkgo Bioworks Creative Residency: http://bit.ly/2Hzq2HF
03/14/2019
With Ginkgo Bioworks’ Creative Residency, Design a World Without Waste

March 24th is the last day to apply for the 2019 Ginkgo Bioworks Creative Residency: http://bit.ly/2Hzq2HF

The designers at Ginkgo Bioworks, the “organism company” we profiled in MOLD Magazine’s first issue on the microbiome, is inviting designers of all stripes to spend three months at their Cambridge, Massachusetts labs to consider the ways that biology might serve as an inspiration to re-design ...

What will we eat in 2050? Welcome to #FoodFutures, our new monthly podcast about designing the future of food :: Listen ...
03/05/2019
FOOD FUTURES • A podcast on Anchor

What will we eat in 2050? Welcome to #FoodFutures, our new monthly podcast about designing the future of food :: Listen to our debut episode with Rice Girl, a woman on a mission to bring naturally farmed Japanese rice to the rest of the world. Learn about the over 200 varietals of rice grown in Japan, the importance of the microseasonal calendar (who knew there were 72 seasons) and Momoko's trick to making a perfect pot of brown rice every time:

What will we eat in 2050? It's no question that food is our greatest connector—but even with new technologies and changing eating habits our food system is in crisis. Hosted by the food design editor LinYee Yuan, Food Futures invites experts across the worlds of technology, agriculture, science an...

NYC! We’ll be at Food Book Fair all weekend with the best indie food mags selling copies of #moldmagazine and our Life...
03/01/2019

NYC! We’ll be at Food Book Fair all weekend with the best indie food mags selling copies of #moldmagazine and our Life Measured Pitcher🚨PLUS: special collab Tee 🚨 with our friends at Mouthfeel Magazine✌🏽See you at Smorgasburg !!

Being vegetarian in India has implications beyond just health and lifestyle:
02/26/2019
The Politics of Being Vegetarian in India

Being vegetarian in India has implications beyond just health and lifestyle:

Language is complicated. Its materiality, its musicality, the outside and the within of the structure of language alone can distract from everyday anxieties. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but a lone word can change histories, and has. Words do not sit still. Etymological fallacy dictates....

Who knew that NECCO, the company responsible for candy hearts, held the first patent for a candy-making machine? A look ...
02/13/2019
Confections and Affections: Designing Valentine’s Day Sweets

Who knew that NECCO, the company responsible for candy hearts, held the first patent for a candy-making machine? A look at the design + history of Valentine's Day confections: http://bit.ly/2URwWeM

I’m usually unaware that Valentine’s Day is approaching. That is, until I find myself waiting in a checkout line, surrounded by shelves of heart-shaped boxes, all in varying shades of crimson, wondering how did we get here? What about a $9.99 box of chocolate has ever said “love?” And what s...

What will Copenhagen's food system look like in 2035? Gamifying future food scenarios with Project Gastronomia for Techf...
02/06/2019
Designing Future Food Scenarios for Copenhagen 2035

What will Copenhagen's food system look like in 2035? Gamifying future food scenarios with Project Gastronomia for Techfestival.

On September 5th, 2018 a group of food visionaries, from scientists to chefs coming from cities as diverse as New York and Shanghai to local Danish creatives, gathered at MOLD’s Techfestival summit on Intimate Food Interfaces. Hosted at Space10, IKEA’s future-living lab located in the heart of C...

As we celebrate #lunarnewyear, our writer looks at a Jewish Sabbath year model for the future of ag and food justice:
02/05/2019
Shmita: A Jewish Sabbath Year Tradition for the Future of Food

As we celebrate #lunarnewyear, our writer looks at a Jewish Sabbath year model for the future of ag and food justice:

Ask ten farmers for their manifestos and you will hear ten different diatribes: the biodynamic French intensive farmer will claim that double digging in raised beds will yield the highest humus content; the low- or no-tiller will claim that cultivation degrades soil in the long run; the veganic perm...

Seeds are life:
02/04/2019
Center for Earth Ethics

Seeds are life:

The Heirloom Garden was started in 2006 and produces native plants and crops important in Cherokee culture. The Cherokee Language Program ensures that the Cherokee names of the plants and crops are not lost.

A planting guide comes with each seed order that contains information such as when to plant, soil temperatures, amount of sun exposure and germination times.

Plant factories, streamed meals and automated eateries might define the future of eating in big cities: http://bit.ly/2C...
01/21/2019
China’s Megacities of Today Offer a Glimpse of the Future of Food

Plant factories, streamed meals and automated eateries might define the future of eating in big cities: http://bit.ly/2CBsY2E

What can we learn from China’s megacities and behaviors today, to imagine food places and experiences of tomorrow? Neon lights flickering, steam coming out of every corner and an old man stirring an undefinable soup in a pot on the street. Someone screaming and running around, while a man sits dow...

We've got the #giftguide for all your gift giving needs from this holiday and into 2019!
12/21/2018
19 Holiday Gifts for Growing, Exploring and Cultivating Your Love of Food

We've got the #giftguide for all your gift giving needs from this holiday and into 2019!

Creation over consumption! For our 2018 Holiday Gift Guide we’re highlighting gifts for food lovers that cultivate the creative spirit in each of us. Grow your own food, discover the wonder of cooking, fungi, mealworms and dive into the dark funky world of fermentation. It’s savory enough to gui...

⥥ diving in ⥥⠀⠀Photo by Maciej Miloch, tableware designed by Patrycja Bolzan ⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisism...
12/18/2018

⥥ diving in ⥥⠀

Photo by Maciej Miloch, tableware designed by Patrycja Bolzan ⠀
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⬘ monochrome market run ⬙⠀⠀Per Color by Marco Ugolini⠀⬙⠀⬙⠀⬙⠀⬙⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodp...
12/17/2018

⬘ monochrome market run ⬙⠀

Per Color by Marco Ugolini⠀
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↫ sweet destruction ↬⠀⠀Photo by Maciej Miloch  ⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodphotogr...
12/15/2018

↫ sweet destruction ↬⠀

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⧈ burger reboot ⧈⠀⠀pixellated palette by Yuni Yoshida⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodp...
12/14/2018

⧈ burger reboot ⧈⠀

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⊗ when life gives you lemons ⊗⠀⠀Still life by Tabea Mathern⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood ...
12/12/2018

⊗ when life gives you lemons ⊗⠀

Still life by Tabea Mathern⠀
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Tomato, rasam and a slice of land at the end of India: http://bit.ly/2C8fVqi
12/12/2018
Dhanushkodi and the Case for Rewilding Language and Landscape

Tomato, rasam and a slice of land at the end of India: http://bit.ly/2C8fVqi

Takkali is the name tomato goes by in the Tamil language, one of the oldest tongues of this land. A now ubiquitous element of the Indian kitchen, tomatoes came into Indian cuisine via the imperial route only in the mid to late 19th century. Asking what an everyday gojju or the very humble watery ras...

◩ holidays are for playing with our food ◪⠀⠀Eatable Sculptures by Marion Luttenberger⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀3thisism...
12/11/2018

◩ holidays are for playing with our food ◪⠀

Eatable Sculptures by Marion Luttenberger⠀
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↜ modern art ↝⠀⠀Still life by Rebecca Rutten ⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodphotography #foodd...
12/11/2018

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Still life by Rebecca Rutten
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⌑ organic furniture ⌑⠀⠀Still life by Sarah Illenberger⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀*⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodphotogra...
12/08/2018

⌑ organic furniture ⌑⠀

Still life by Sarah Illenberger⠀
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With the Hive Explorer, @Livinfarms is tackling food insecurity, food waste and STEM education with one mealworm growing...
12/05/2018
Hive Explorer is the Smart Insect Farm for STEM Education

With the Hive Explorer, @Livinfarms is tackling food insecurity, food waste and STEM education with one mealworm growing kit: bit.ly/2RApNys

With the success of launching the world’s first commercial desktop insect farm in 2015, the designers at Hong Kong-based LIVIN Studio have spent the last three years addressing the demands of manufacturing, crowd funding fulfillment, and the business of promoting insects as a viable alternative pr...

⟢ diamond in the rough ⟣⠀⠀Still life by Luciana Rondolini⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #f...
12/05/2018

⟢ diamond in the rough ⟣⠀

Still life by Luciana Rondolini⠀
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⬢ color coded ⬡⠀⠀Still life by Tabea Mathern and Florian Reimann⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffoo...
11/28/2018

⬢ color coded ⬡⠀

Still life by Tabea Mathern and Florian Reimann
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At this year's reThink Food conference, big data, behavioral economics, neuroscience, agriculture and culinary insight c...
11/27/2018
Food Design and the Fourth Industrial Revolution at reThink Food 2018

At this year's reThink Food conference, big data, behavioral economics, neuroscience, agriculture and culinary insight come together CIA Industry Leadership http://bit.ly/2Q3cV7q

On November 7th in Napa, California, reThink Food kicked off its fifth edition. Taking place in the brand new branch of the Culinary Institute of America, COPIA, the conference aims to bring together a diverse group of thought leaders and innovators who are working at the intersection of technology,...

⧆ ‘‘tis the season for getting crafty ⧆⠀⠀Embroidered bread Still life by Terezia Krnacova⠀*⠀**⠀*⠀#th...
11/27/2018

⧆ ‘‘tis the season for getting crafty ⧆⠀

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⌔ blue bottles ⌔⠀⠀Still life by Bogdan Dreava⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #fooddesign #f...
11/24/2018

⌔ blue bottles ⌔⠀

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⟡ post Thanksgiving diet ⟡⠀⠀Photo by Nikole Herriott and Michael Graydon for NYT Food⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#th...
11/23/2018

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≜ cacti ≜ creations ≜⠀⠀Photo By Nico Krijno ⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀⧫⠀#thisismold #futureoffood #foodphotogra...
11/21/2018

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From growing oyster mushrooms to harvesting termites, grilling weeds, seasoning sadza, and distilling mazhanje fruits, J...
11/20/2018
Chido Govera and Josh Evans on Thinking Edibility Otherwise

From growing oyster mushrooms to harvesting termites, grilling weeds, seasoning sadza, and distilling mazhanje fruits, Josh Evans and Chido Govera discuss the connections between flavor, edibility, diversity, eco-culinary knowledge, and how “denaturalising” and “decolonising” edibility can point us towards more desirable food futures. cc: Journal of Design and Science, The Future of Hope Foundation

How does biodesign intersect with food, agriculture and edible ecology? Josh Evans is a PhD student at Oxford and former lead researcher at famed restaurant noma’s research institute, the Nordic Food Lab, in Copenhagen. He’s previously researched eating insects (see the documentary film Bugs, or...

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