Text from design: vignelli exhibition label:
Kyoto Dinnerware; Casigliani, Italy 1979.
The Kyoto set of dishes was designed in 1971 but not manufactured until 1979. The basic concept behind this stackable set of melamine dinnerware was to simplify the operation of collecting plates at the end of a meal. The deep plate can contain flatware and leftovers, thereby avoiding the usual, unpleasant operation of removing them before the plates are picked up. All you have to do is stack the plates one on top of the other, everything inside, to obtain a “clean pile of dirty dishes.” The large, flat plate can be used either for food or as a placemat, and the small one either for salad or as a cover for the bowls.