Conventionally, we think of high-end chefs of appreciating paired back, ultra-sophisticated dishware to present their creations. But that wasn’t true in artist Nate Mell’s experience. Having recently graduated from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia he began to work at Fork Restaurant where the chef, Eli Kulp turned to him to see if he could bring a collection of dishware that felt more contemporary and experimental.

Enjoying the process of working with different materials such as glass, wood, metal, and ceramics, Nate began to create an exclusive dishware line for Eli’s new spot High Street on Market. A year later, after experimenting with molds and different production techniques, FELT+FAT came to fruition. Its colorful pieces, including several pastel and marbleized options, offer an unconventional approach to fine dining dishware. Since then FELT+FAT has been a part of Eli Kulp’s success, helping him to be named Bon Appetite’s top ten best new chefs and High Street on Market Food&Wine’s top ten best new restaurants that year. For those of us who can’t make a trip to Philadelphia, FELT+FAT is a great resource for us foodies to bring an element of a contemporary culinary experience to our own homes.