“Soy Shapes are soy sauce dipping dishes that take your sushi eating experience and food presentation to the next level.” That’s Duncan Shotton, a Tokyo-based product designer describing his latest, whimsical creation.

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By taking advantage of the natural gradation that occurs in soy sauce, Soy Shapes allow seemingly normal dishes to be rendered into three-dimensional optical illusions. The gorgeous dishes, and their irregular surfaces, are made possible by craftsmen and craftswomen of Gifu, Japan, which has a long history of producing ceramics.

Soy Shape comes in 2 forms: the M.C. Escher-like “Cubes” and “Triangle,” which borrows from the Penrose triangle created by the Swedish artist Oscar Reutersv√§rd in 1934. Shotton is currently funding Soy Shapes on Kickstarter, the platform he’s used to bring many equally ingenious creations come to life!

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The limited edition slide boxes (below) each holds two matching dishes. But only 77 of each type are being produced.

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