Sweet Architecture for the Holidays





French chocolate company Alain Ducasse has released a dried fruit and nut-covered festive chocolate tree that comes in a flat-pack box. The 20-centimetre-tall tree, created by graphic designer Pierre Tachon, is made up of six dark chocolate discs that gradually decrease in size to form a cone shape when stacked together.

Each of the discs has a hole in the middle, which allows them to be assembled around a central chocolate rod that makes up the trunk of the tree. The chocolate circles are covered in organic fruit and nuts, intended to replicate the appearance of Christmas decorations.

A separate cone piece attaches to the top of the tree to complete its appearance, and a thicker disc of chocolate creates a standing base. The entire tree comes in a custom-built flat box, with each of the pieces packed away into their own cardboard compartments.

The box also includes a pair of white gloves to stop the chocolate from melting during assembly, and to keep the builder’s hands clean. The company suggests the tree can be assembled as a group project with family and friends, before being enjoyed together.





A white chocolate shell forms a calendar on top of this year’s Häagen- Dazs Christmas cake by Italian interior designer Paola Navone.

The cake is the latest in the dessert company’s ongoing series of annual designer collaborations, which has seen them partner with Japanese studio Nendo, and Swedish design collective Front. Navone’s cake – which has been crafted in Häagen-Dazs’s Paris flagship store – features 31 ice cream-filled columns of varying heights, intended to represent the 31 days from 1 December to New Year’s Eve.

The designer has described the cake as “like an explosion of ice cream bricks”. “The design speaks of a refined sophistication and a playful pop,” she added.

“It may be split into cubes like a game for all to play and consumed day to day or within a moment.”

A solid piece of white chocolate tops the dessert, which is covered in numbered milk-chocolate tablets. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are marked out with chocolate squares covered in edible gold or silver leaf.

The cake is available in two versions: dark chocolate and almond with a brown flocked covering, and macademia nut brittle and dulce de leche with a red coating. Both editions have crispy bases, made from puffed rice. Last year’s Häagen-Dazs Christmas cake, designed by Nendo, was topped by a miniature chocolate village created to remind people of going home for the holidays.

Swedish studio Front designed a cloud-shaped ice cream for 2013’s Christmas dessert, and in 2012 London designers Doshi Levien created a spherical ice cream cake that resembled a cratered moon.

Other designer cakes covered by Dezeen include sweet treats created by Viktor & Rolf and Studio Job for Design Miami, and Lucy.D’s updated version of “kitsch” Viennese cakes for historic Café Landtmann.





Japanese designer Akihiro Mizuuchi has created a set of precise Lego moulds that turn melted chocolate into edible bricks. Akihiro Mizuuchi formed moulds around real Lego pieces, which were used to make the individual chocolate bricks that he built into figurines.

The idea started with a Valentine’s Day tradition amongst Mizuuchi’s friends to re-create characters from popular Japanese anime television programme Mobile Suit Gundam out of chocolate, documented on a dedicated Facebook group.


“On Valentine’s Day this year, I decided to make a lot of chocolate Lego first and then assemble the characters with the chocolate Lego,” Mizuuchi told Dezeen.He designed each character in Lego bricks on his computer first, so he could calculate which components he would require and in what quantities.He then laid the required bricks out on a Lego baseplate and formed a mould around them.

The result is so detailed that it even includes the Danish toy company’s logo on the top of each brick.Mizuuchi poured melted chocolate into the moulds and waited for it to cool before popping out the individual bricks required to make the Mobile Suit Gundam characters.

Blocks were made in dark, milk, white and strawberry chocolate to create tonal variation, and Mizuuchi also experimented with colouring to produce green and blue pieces.Mizuuchi is an illustrator and designer and also lectures at the Shizuoka College of Design and Tokoha Gakuen University of Art.