Osnabrück. Claus Roeting has with his invention an eye on the occidental eating culture. His sloped plate, according to the 34-years-old creator himself, should make it easier to spoon up in a meaningful way while enriching artistically the cupboards with its unusual design. Thanks to the slope and a small hollow, tilting the plate to finish up the soup is no longer necessary. “So you can clean the plate in good table manners,” Roeting says pleased.
The idea of this creation came up to the designer a year ago while eating minestrone. By tilting the plate, he spilled some Italian soup and took immediately the decision to avoid such incidents in the future. With some play dough he transformed “a normal plate in the mother of all sloped plates”. Friends (and acquaintances) grinned at the original, but obstinate creation. Finally, most of those questioned supported him in his “oblique idea”, so he registered his plate as a patent. While he waits for it, Roeting has already found a manufacturer to put his idea to practise.
Since early January exists a prototype manufactured industrially. The porcelain factory of Christian Seltmann GmbH in the Bavarian town of Weiden has executed Roeting´s specifications and reckons on good sale opportunities with this unusual product. Roeting has already found several market niches for his plate. “A clinic and several orthopaedic suppliers have already contacted me,” Roeting reports. They wanted to simplify the eating for sick and disabled people. Despite the unexpected perspectives, Roeting is focused on sophisticated restaurants and its customers. According to his calculations, in gourmet temples, it is more likely that people have the necessary resources to acquire these exceptional plates.
However, in order to gain the favour of potential costumers the sloped plate is still lacking of an important detail: the name. So far, there have been some suggestions as “Deller”, a combination of “Delle” (eng. “dent”) and “Teller” (eng. “plate”) or even “Schräller”, an abbreviation of “schräger Teller” which in English means “sloped plate”. “Absolutely original,” Roeting says, but in order to appeal to the selected target group this unique invention needs a more elegant name. Therefore, the favourite is “Pisa”, a name according to its sloped aesthetic.