Guest post by Twan Hofman. Images by Lisa Klappe.
At the premiere night of Eat, Drink, Design, a pop-up expo restaurant organized by designers Annemoon Geurts and Koen Rijnbeek (Moon/en/Co) in collaboration with chef Edwin Severijn, the Dutch Design Award jury were the first to enjoy a week of fresh cuisine amongst the work of 28 designers.It's impressive how this local design studio managed to create such a great atmosphere within five days. The venue breaths quite a bit of class, although it is located in a huge empty office space downtown Eindhoven, DDW's host city. The exhibition contains established designers, Dutch Award nominees and young talent. And the kitchen smell is promising as well.
Upfront is the laboratory-like set up by Sander Boeijink, Nienke Sybrandy and Jeroen Wand. It's an impressive labyrinth of pipes and tubes that distills an elixir from plants. For those who believe in it, the mysterious beverage might work. For others: its eye-catching art.
Far more useful is the Kaskast by Marije van der Park, which proves you don't really need much space to home grow edible plants and vegetables. Completely made of recycled raw steel, glass and oak it contains sprouts, borage and honey spice for the occasion.
Also recycled: a green series of bottles by graduate Klaas Kuiken. They're all individually made and designed of mass-produced glass bottles, which he collects from a nearby Italian restaurant in his hometown Arnhem. Kuiken also shows ingenuity with his Carchair and Kitchenware Stool (collaborations with Sjoerd Vroonland and Yvette Jacobs), both inspired on the leather bike saddles from ancient Dutch manufacturer Lepper.
Other striking thrones are the Lucky Love Chair by Maarten Baptist and a series of 26 typographic ABChairs by Roeland Otten. His prototypes (displayed on paper of course) are made from black lacquered MDF, the real deal is manufactured only upon request.
Furthermore the solo diner table seated by 20 international VIPs (and colored by Belgian fashion designer Walter van Beirendonck) is surrounded with works of various kinds from different designers, including pottery and glassware by Kiki van Eijk, oversized kitchenware by Joost van Bleiswijk and outdoor Dutchtub 2P by Floris Schoonderbeek for Dutch product label Weltevree. Last but not least: Maarten Baas deserves a special mention for his Analog Digital Clock downloadable for only 99ct at the app store.
See a full list of all design(ers) at Eat, Drink, Design.