Ryosaku Aoki and Masayuki Haruta of Japanese design studio TENT have designed JIU frying pan that can be used directly on the dining table. Made from cast iron, it features a clip-on wooden handle that seamlessly hocks to the frying pan and can easily be unhooked when you need the pan on the dining table, making it a dual purpose utensil.
The most interesting feature of the JIU frying pan is its unique appearance – it looks like a dish – with a rim to attach the handle. With a 1.6 mm thick black leather steel plate, this frying pan cooks perfect dishes, be it meat, vegetables or fried food. The handle contains a metal structure for strength, but it makes no contact with food, which means, there is no change in taste.
The company is offering JIU frying pan in two sizes with handles in bright beach and dark walnut, starting at ¥ 6,000 ($54). JIU seems to be useful kitchenware simply because you cook in it and then place it on a dining table to serve directly from it.