The best aesthetic for pretty much any dish is a pile of delicious food. If you're a proud member of the clean plate club, however, revealing a purdy pattern beneath your meal is a nice touch at the end of dinner. Dutch designer David Derksen used an acrylic paint filled pendulum to give his Oscillation series an intricate swooping design, with an assist from that old earthly standby—gravity.
Each piece in the swinging set is completely one of a kind. Derksen would set the custom made brass device in motion, let it sway, then nudge it again in a different direction. Based on the placement of the tableware below, a range of jet black arcs would emerge. Plus, it seems like an artistic bonus is the paper that gets the extra ink, which would look neat chopped up and framed on a wall. The process vid is mesmerising; maybe not quite as captivating as a full turkey dinner, but still fun to watch. [David Derksen via Dezeen]