Does a plate need to be round? Why couldn’t a teapot look like a house? CHIL-DISH turns children’s drawings into real tableware. The project merges the imagination and enthusiasm of kids, modern technology, design and food.


CHIL-DISH made its official kick off in spring 2015 when kids were asked to draw “the world’s greatest” tableware. The proposals ranged from a Batman plate to a cake-stealing device used by bandits. The pinnacle of this process took place at Helsinki Design Week’s Children’s Weekend held last autumn during which nearly 300 drawings were handed in.


From this bunch a total of ten imaginative tableware designs were selected and modeled as 3D versions. These models were then sent to the 3D printing service Shapeways in New York from which they returned back to Helsinki within two weeks - now in a glossy, physical form.


The biggest challenge was to interpret the kids’ drawings and turn them into functional and printable objects without losing the original idea.


CHIL-DISH culminated in the Michelin-starred restaurant Olo on Saturday 12 March 2016. The makers of the ten winning drawings were paired with ten top chefs from Finland. Each pair created a wonderful dish to be served naturally from the tableware the child had drawn. Click HERE to browse through the printed designs!

© CHIL-DISH 2018