During the London Design Festival, a magical temporary restaurant sprung up in East London. There are tables with canopies of branches and food foraged from imaginary urban forest served on a very special collection of plates gathered from the people of Helsinki. A few weeks ago, far away in Finland, the people of Helsinki were invited to bring a plate (and its story) in exchange for a lovely meal. The plates collected throughout the event form the crockery collection of the restaurant at Hel Yes, and their original owners' stories are available to all.
Mia Wallenius, Art Director for Hel Yes!, introduces herself above.
Tables are in high demand, but with a relaxed turnover of one booking per table over the 7-1am eating window, guests who haven't booked are encouraged to turn up for drinks and try their luck for a seat. With workshops from OK Do and DJs playing in textile tents, it's definitely worth a visit.
The event runs until 3rd October. Put your name on the waiting list for a table here.
Shai Akram met Andrew Haythornthwaite while studying at the Royal College of Art, the two now run their own design practice and are also members of the Okay Studio collective. Her projects cover creative direction and design for interiors, events, and furniture/product ranges. Shaiâ€™s work is a combination of practice and theory, translating research and ideology into objects and visual language. Her work has been exhibited internationally and projects have taken her to China, New Zealand and Italy- although Shai loves to travel, she secretly wishes she would stay in one place long enough to have a cat.