David Muñoz, a Spanish avant-garde chef awarded with three Michelin Star for his restaurant DiverXO, he is currently one of the most innovative and stunning chefs of the Spanish gastronomic scene. In 2012, after using some of our pieces at his restaurant, DiverXO –for example the textured white muna, characterized for being light and of a very pure white colour-, David commissioned us with the making of a thrilling project.
The chef’s idea was to create a dinnerware set that simulate a canvas, so that he could express himself onto the plate as a painter expresses on the canvas. This concept transform the plate into something more than a mere container, it becomes a fundamental part of the work of the gastronomic creator. The transformation of the dinnerware set into a canvas changes the game rules: the chef –or the waitresses- could go into the hall of the restaurant and finish the work of art in front of the diners, in a way that the canvas-plate became part of the service narrative.
The initial idea was that the canvas-plate was unnoticed, to be an extension of the tablecloth, which meant that the used texture had to be very similar to the tablecloth fabric and the piece yielded completely the prominence to the culinary making. Base on this idea we started to investigate the fabric printing textures in the material, using different fabrics and technical processes of fusion. As we progressed we found a way to use the thread texture: using fire-resistant fabric directly against the glass, we shaped some soft wrinkles in the fabric and added bowls and small container. As the creation developed, the idea of creating a black canvas-plate arose, another stained and another with a steeper curve. When the Michelin Guide gave the third star to the restaurant, DiverXO changed its location and the canvas-plate kept evolving. This second set of canvas-plates (2014) is specially characterized by evoking new materials and surfaces, always based on the possibilities of the molten glass. Besides, we also investigated new finishes and new colour palette, from which several models originated, for example, the leave canvas-plate (of chlorophyll and smooth textured), the jade canvas-plate, the marble, the sand, the Japan, the metal and the vintage, that uses old patterned glass.
The canvas-plate keeps evolving and modifying its shape, adding complements (such as nests, concave plates or mini bowls) that allows more room for innovation inside the kitchen and in the dining room. With an innovative format in the avant-garde cuisine and a bigger size that the usual containers (35x45cm), the canvas-plate has clearly become a remarkable piece in the Luesma & Vega work and a distinctive element of the haute cuisine from DiverXO.