Berlin recently hosted Taste Festival, a 10 day event that celebrated food and creativity. Held at the historic Direktorenhaus, the food design event featured a products exhibition that included workshops, performances, dinner events, and an outdoor market alongside the pier of the River Spree. Fifty internationally-recognized designers, artists, food curators, chefs and producers -- including graphic designer Leticia Credidio's candy-covered furniture -- demonstrated the importance of adding good and sustainable design to our everyday meals.
We were at Taste Festival for Berlin’s duo Culinary Misfits, which through non-profit arrangements with farmers makes delicious vegetables that can’t be sold because their unusual shapes.
Biodegradable paper pulp is proving to be ideal for temporary uses and has a great organic texture. We loved the contrast between Debbie Wijskamp‘s recycled newspaper wares and Lenneke Wispelwey’s porcelain ones!
Dutch Maarten Baptist‘s Slow Cooker and Steam Pilaster set is made from glass and renewable cork.
Royal College of Art graduate, Marre Moerel presented Food on the Table, a cruelty-free and brutal ceramic collection of tableware made from casted animal organs, such as cow hearts, pig intestines, sheep brains, and bull testicles.
Art historian Adriana Hartley created a collection of ceramic tableware around the idea of recycling old pieces in an aesthetically pleasing way.
Graphic design and animism was also present at Taste. Michela Grisi and Nicholas Bertini created Vegetablove, a project consisting of a series of illustrations that give voice and free expression of feelings to fruits and vegetables.
Christoph Toenges and Elena Goray exhibited “Pile Isle,” their beautiful bamboo bench, which was made using no glue or screws.
German Valentin Loellmann recycles old wooden furniture legs and create lean pieces of furniture enclosed in a thick polyester skin.
Japanese performance artist Ayako Suwa amazed attendees at the Direktorenhaus’ loft with erotic micro-food designs that aimed to evoke feelings through eating an exotic mix of tastes in small size.
There was a lot to experience, see and taste at this fantastic event — be sure to check if there is a Taste Festival in your own city!
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