Diespeker & Co recently came to the rescue of Danish designer Kia Utzon-Frank of KUFstudios – and in the process discovered that edible terrazzo actually exists.
Kia told us she was due to showcase her terrazzo chocolate at Ace Hotel in London when she found she couldn’t use the tiles she was expecting to.
She got in touch with MD John Krause to see if Diespeker could supply tiles at short notice. John was overseas but suggested Kia should come along to the yard and see if anything was suitable. Kia visited and came away with exactly the tiles she was looking for, perfect for her showcase.
She sent us some photos of the chocolates and we were completely bowled over by the designs; stunning terrazzo but completely edible. These chocolates are so realistic, if you didn’t know they were chocolate you might try to tile your bathroom with them!
As well as her unique chocolates, which also include marble and concrete designs, Kia’s design studio produces gradient jewellery, patented window blinds and mobiles. And there’s more on the edible side, as she creates geometric marble sculpture cakes.
Kia founded KUFstudios in 2016. She trained as a goldsmith, designer and inventor with an MA from Royal College of Art. KUFstudios lets materials, model making and ideation lead the development of new projects instead of having a fixed goal. Kia has helped writers out of writing blocks, musicians compose new music and pushed artists, designers and architects to create extraordinary projects.
Clients include Harry Styles, Sir Terence Con-ran, Wallpaper, London Design Festival, The Barbican, Tom Dixon, Soho House and musician Frank Ocean and she has exhibited at Saatchi Gallery, V&A and the London Design Museum.
She says, “Design all originates in ideas. New ideas happen when new and often unexpected connections are made. The most important job for me is to create endless possibilities for new connections to be made and then recognise those connections when they happen.”