Canadian designer and researcher Diane Leclair Bisson has developed a number of pieces for her ongoing venture entitled the ‘Edible Project’. Harnessing her studied knowledge in design, humanities and the social sciences Bisson’s investigation brings light to the question of sustainability through the medium of food. the most recent outcome ‘Food Nests’ was conceived through a collaboration with italian food designer Vito Gionatan Lassandro as part of her Taste No Waste Initiative – an inquiry into consumable receptacles that do not need to become waste. This was achieved though a series of container designs that are created entirely from tomatoes to produce crunchy, soft, and jelly-like results.
The innovative Diane Leclair Bisson has produced a number of scrumptious vessels over the past few years, but this one is centered specifically on the use of tomatoes as the medium for making bowls, trays and baskets. No two look alike, as each has been assembled following the creative processing of the fruit-based material into thick ribbons, thin strips or flat shapes. From there, the Edible Food Nests are crafted into a cornucopia of unique forms, presenting restaurants, catering companies and schools with clever, elegant and eco-friendly alternatives to disposable wrappers that allow you to eat your plate along with your supper.
Diane Leclair Bisson was born in 1960 in Montréal, where she lives and works. She has studied design, humanities and social sciences, obtaining an M.Sc. in Anthropology, an M.A. in Museology, and a Ph.D. in History of Design (RCA). In keeping with this multi-disciplinary path, she explores spheres of creation where design and anthropology meet, establishing a research methodology which takes into account the everyday experience of material and social environments. Her work draws attention to the question of sustainability in the broadest sense. Already recognized for her furniture design work in the 90s, since 2000 she has been probing the world of food, more specifically the factors and behaviours that affect our lifestyles.