You want your meat board to be a statement of your ambition. Not as a cook, but as an eater. If you can avoid it, don't just let this be a venue for a dinner plate. You want a board that seems deliberate and larger than life. Wood is good. But so is slate or stone or anything smooth and safe for food. In this moment, when you are putting together a board, you are not a chef, nor even a cook. You are an artist in front of a fresh canvas, but your paints are going to be the foods that you most love.
We've all done it. Out of seats at a family gettogether or a friend's awesomely bad shag-carpeted apartment, we sit on the ground, and realize that a strong stroke against the grain of the carpet results in a perfectly, inversely colored line, exactly where your finger pressed against it.
Designer Gonçalo Campos took the phenomenon to the next level, by creating this faux-fur writeboard that serves as "a much more comfortable message board, with no need for erasers or pens."
And since we really appreciate Goncolo's inventiveness, we think this deserves an at-home remake. We're pretty sure we played with this very faux fur the last time
We're so over drab bulletin boards and memo keepers. There are simply too many cool DIY options that a simple natural cork in a blonde wood frame simply won't do anymore - try this for a double duty dry erase board, or this for the standard cork and pushpin combo.
Or, perhaps you'd like a bit of a narrative in your reminder and inspiration substrate. If so, we recommend this Pac-Man cork board project by Dominator 24. He used the free, open source photo software GIMP to create the templates, then transferred the image onto cork tiles, and cut them out with scissors.
At ManMade, we love a nice big end-grain hardwood butcher block. In fact, we love 'em so much that we've made our own and use it three meals a day. It took me about 12 hours of work, so there's no way I'd ever replace it.
Until I saw these guy. Playing off the pixel-like qualities of glued-up butcher blocks, Etsy artist 1337Motif has created retro electronic inspired cutting boards, like PacMan (above) and Space Invaders (below).