October 7, 2012

One Of These Days, Alice…

In the 1902 French silent science fiction film Le Voyage dans la lune, a group of gentleman get together and decide they can shoot off to the moon in a very large bullet. Once this bullet is built and completed, a few of these men climb inside and are shot right into the face of the moon. (This is the iconic shot of the entire film)

Once there, they experience strange weather patterns, fast-growing mushrooms in dark lunar caves, and a race of incredibly acrobatic lizard people who vanish into a puff of smoke when hit with an umbrella.

It’s just about enough to make you pretty hungry…for ice cream.

Though it may sound strange, London-based designers Doshi Levien were approached by Häagen-Dazs Ice Creamery to create a special kind of dairy treat just in time for the 2012 holidays.

“The moon idea came from many different places and has elements of fantasy, adventure and imagination,” said the pair, speaking with DEZEEN.com.

The moon, though more than worthy of its own tasty delight, had some help in the inspiration department for these designers. According to DEZEEN, they were also inspired by “Armenian surrealist Léon Tutundjian’s relief work of 1929, a childhood Bollywood song, and the near-spherical shapes of early ice cream bombes.”

These ice cream bombes aren’t just spherical and dented representations of the moon. Tucked away inside is a mixture of cookies (or biscuits, if you’re feeling particularly English) ice cream, nuts and caramel.

These chilly moons will come in two colors— orange and white— filled with different flavors.

The white moon (or full moon?) is layered with a pistachio cookie base, macadamia nuts ice cream and meringue, all wrapped up neatly in a bright red, raspberry ice cream in a white coating.

The orange moon (or harvest moon?) begins with a chocolate cookie base, topped with “nutty” ice cream and salted caramel, surrounded by a vanilla ice cream in an orange coating.

“Our concept is almost spherical, so the ice cream has to be moulded in two separate parts and then put together without seeing the joint,” explained Doshi Levien.

“We love the ephemeral nature of ice cream and design to be eaten; we never had a design meeting before in which we ate the prototype.”

While it may not be the first thing you think of when you consider the moon, space travel or lizard-like mushroom children, ice cream and France do make a good fit.

London designers may have a thing for dairy treats, it seems, as design studio Vonsung has also tried their hand at ice cream. Though not designing an actual flavor, they did design a stark, cold, concrete ice cream parlor in London. Often thought to be happy, joyous places, Polka Gelato is decked with limestone floors and concrete walls and filled with white stools and black couches. While it may seem grim, their choice of pallet is actually quite brilliant; The only colors in the entire store are the colors found in the cold case, drawing all the attention to the product.

Image Credit: Photos.com

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