Using the frying pan you just cooked in as a plate is an age-old device employed by everyone from broke college students to campers. It’s not a new concept by any stretch of the imagination, but when rethought, reworked and redesigned, the result can be startlingly fresh and unique. That’s what this Japanese design duo set out to do with the Frying Pan JIU.
The Frying Pan JIU is made from high quality cast iron and designed to look like a plate. A simple interlocking handle hooks onto the frying pan for cooking and moving, and then unhooks when you sit down to eat.
It was designed by TENT, a Japanese design duo comprised of Ryosaku Aoki and Masayuki Haruta. Together, they come up with designs that are strong, not like the strength of a stationary building, but strong the like flexible strength of a tent.
To create JIU (which is a Japanese onomatopoeia for the sound of frying) they worked with a small, family-owned iron factory in Osaka that’s been making frying pans since 1951. The teams went through numerous iterations of the product before arriving at the perfect design.
The frying pan plate is currently available in 2 sizes with handles carved from 2 different types of wood.