Year / 2018

Anima is a sequel to Food Waste Ware (2013), which was a project documenting food waste we daily produced and making tableware out of it. The above black vessels are made out of food waste the same as the previous work, but with addition of Urushi (Japanese lacquer).


Food is not a thing but life. We eat life for our existence. However, for lack of appreciation, we 'consume' life at a huge industrial scale as well as a small domestic scale, disposing of it in landfills.

While developing this project, Kosuke kept a record of amounts of food waste produced from his house for two years. It only includes non-edible parts of food, such as rind, peel, calyxes, shells and bones, and the total amount was approximately 315kg.

Their blackness derives from their body material, charcoal of vegetable waste. Mixture of the charcoal, some animal materials and Urushi is moulded into a shape. The addition of Urushi gives a polish as well as practical strength.

Historically, Urushi craft has a close relationship with food – leftovers of a meal. For example, rice, tofu or albumen is mixed with Urushi to adjust its viscosity for making sticky glue or textures. Kosuke revisits this food-related aspect in a contemporary context, making the collection entirely from wasted food.

Like the cremation of the body, the 'waste' is carbonised and reincarnated into something else. This process is felt like kind of a rite.

Reincarnating wasted lives in new forms in tribute to them, this project shows even what is often regarded as 'ugly' can be turned into something beautiful and precious. Kosuke hopes this project serves an opportunity of reflecting consumers' habits of daily consumption. 

Would serving food on these tableware help consumers to be re-aware of what they are consuming is 'life'? 


Concept, Design, Research and Development, Production: Kosuke Araki


This project and Food Waste Ware were on show in the exhibition, Food Revolution 5.0 - Design for the Society of Tomorrow, held at Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts) in Berlin, Germany and at Gewerbemuseum Winterthur in Switzerland.


​Nominated for the Homeware Design category of Dezeen Awards 2018.