10 Second Studio Tour: Beth Salvini

Stepping foot into Beth Salvini’s studio (conveniently located in her Cobble Hill studio apartment) can be a little bit dangerous. Not because of sharp corners, exposed circuitry, or any of the typical living space hazards, but because of the devilishly seductive subject of her work: food. Dispersed throughout Beth’s small space, one is confronted with a litany of delicious temptations: cakes, candies, pancakes, pizza slices… The catch? None of these delectible-looking vices are actually edible. Much more objets d’art than objets d’eating, Beth’s culinary concoctions are made from paper and paint, not sugar and salt. Despite its artifice, though, her work is still absolutely, bafflingly mouth-watering. In total, her cozy workspace/home is a delightful escape from the ordinary—filled with charming trinkets and dazzling color. Just make sure you’ve eaten before you decide to visit! Check out the video tour above or some of the outtakes after the jump!—Max

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  1. Amy says:

    Yay, my sister’s paper mâché! It actually will make you hungry (especially the deviled eggs)! She’s got all of it up here http://www.bigfunstore.bigcartel.com

  2. Jesse says:

    Such a rad tour! Beth is so damn talented!

  3. jennifer says:

    really? making fake food? what an upper class waste of time. making the products and then compounded wasted time by the obsessive arranging until things were set just right. and again, no, that sausage would be better over there. has she ever been outside of her own small sense of self? how about spending that time and creativity addressing some of the real problems of the world? that was my first take. if i missed something, please feel free to enlighten me, but i feel that this side of the “that’s cool” spectrum needs to also be represented.

    1. Hey, Jennifer!

      I’m sorry you feel that way. Although art and design can certainly be used to address some of the world’s “real” problems, I think that a little dose of fun and frivolity can do a person good! Beauty, entertainment, and humor help to lift the spirit and make people happy, a noble cause for sure.


    2. Grace Bonney says:


      I agree with Max’s point, but I think you’re missing a large dose of what we do here at D*S if you feel this is all we’re representing. Through our weekly podcast, business posts and profiles of people talking about the real/tough/not fun part of being in the design community, there are many other parts of the spectrum being shown on this site. We try to offer a range of content- some that’s fun and light (like this) and some that’s more serious and in-depth (like our essays, podcasts and business stories). I think too much of either end is a bad thing, so we try to offer both. If you’re not familiar with those other sections of D*S I hope you’ll have time to check them out. I’d also be happy to send you a quick list of posts I think address issues you might be more interested in from our archives if that’s something you’d like. Just shoot me an email at designsponge at gmail.com.

      Also, I don’t think making assumptions about someone’s personal beliefs based on a 10 second studio tour is fair to do. Beth is an incredibly intelligent and politically minded person. I’ve discovered that through, believe it or not, her Instagram feed. She posts regularly about much bigger issues than “making fake food” on a regular basis and I really value her input on topics big and small. Just because she has a light-hearted outlet in her life (which I found interesting enough to warrant a little tour) doesn’t mean she is somehow shallow or self-involved or “upper class”.



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