A school of blue sardines, a lanky green octopus, a bright-red prawn and a snap-happy crab are the four new plate designs in the Seafood collection created by Sydney artist Daimon Downey for In The Roundhouse, an Aussie lifestyle brand specialising in mix-and-match bone China plates.
Downey says they were inspired by his “Italian food fetish” and by trips to coastal Italian towns where restaurants serve food on dishes with logos and seafood motifs. “It’s such a tasteful touch. This is a loud nod to that,” the former DJ and Sneaky Sound System frontman says.
The colourful, 25-centimetre plates are $29 and are safe for putting in the dishwasher and microwave. They a have a shallow lip to keep juices and sauces from spilling on the table.
This isn’t the first time he worked with the Sydney-based group. “The first round was “Italian Words”, which worked as a treat, so we went for another round called “Seafood.”
Italian Words (also $29) feature expressions such as “Buon Appetito”, “Allora” and “Grazie Mille”.
In The Roundhouse was created 18 months ago by school friends – Alyce Tran, who also co-founded personalised accessory brand The Daily Edited, and magazine editor Brooke Bickmore, executive Editor of Jones (the David Jones magazine) – with the aim of bringing some fun to mealtimes.
“We started with a single plate shape in a combination of mix-and-match prints, and the collection has since grown to include napkins, side plates, mugs, bowls and our popular party boxes – an edited box ready to dress your table, from plateware, to menus and place cards,” says Bickmore.
They decided to make plates one size, so people can buy different designs from different collections, and they’ll stack and coordinate.
“Our next collab is with [Australian] fashion designer Michael Lo Sordo [MLS]. Michael is a total foodie. He has grown up in an Italian household and does a mean handmade spaghetti, so working with him was a natural fit,” says Bickmore.