Distinct Tableware Designed with Jean Georges and Eric Ripert

Meat Towers, Uni Bowls and Tentacle Rests Await

By Hadley Tomicki ·

It’s 10/30.

Do you know where your tentacle-shaped chopstick rests are?

The ones made with chefs Eric Ripert and Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

They're over at Artifaqt, a house of striking design that collaborates with legendary restaurants to create your tableware, now online for the first time since its 1983 founding.

Here you have a collection of laboriously-designed crafts made by the artisans at a wood, metal and casting studio in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Often involving the contributions of famous people who cook well, like Jean Georges Vongerichten and Eric Ripert. All so your dinner parties can look a whole lot cooler.

And here’s just a little of what you can get here.

Octopus rests. These are black anodized octopus tentacles made for resting your chopsticks. Or whatever else you can think of.

The seaweed platter. That is, a sand-cast platter embossed with a beautiful motif of inlaid seaweed flowing across its form. Hence the name “seaweed platter.”

An ultra-modern amuse bouche spoon. A swoop of stainless steel made for Le Bernardin. We think you’ll find it most amusing to the bouche.

A sea urchin bowl. They call this “jewelry for the tabletop.” You’ll probably just call it a bowl that looks exactly like a gold sea urchin.

The Tower. It’s an adjustable, attractive way of showcasing chocolates, cheese and cured meats in a vertical progression.


Considering your charcuterie mobile was such a bust.

Hadley Tomicki

Hadley Tomicki lives in Los Angeles. He is probably going nowhere on the 10 Freeway this very second.

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