The Czech Lap Plate Makes a Sitter's Indentation into a Salver

Plates and bowls are the ultimate utilitarian trays for food, but the Czech Lap Plate begins to create new shape which gives this peculiar platter the means to become much more practical.

Designed by Martin Zampach, this depressed dish seems to take a subtly anatomical form. Mimicking the buttocks' impression made on a chair cushion or a couch, the atypical serving tray could equally replicate the front of someone's pants hiked far too high.

But no matter my interpretation of its formal inspiration and semblance, the Czech Lap Plate introduces an intriguing topography, creating three somewhat separate compartments for the placement of food. The piece acts as a great sort of fruit bowl, but also the perfect platter for the arrangement of different dishes within a meal.