Located in London, the multi-arts and conference venue the Barbican Centre is a really magical place—I've been there numerous times, and there always seems to be another hidden space to discover within its walls. I had the great pleasure to spend an evening in the latest such space, the conservatory on the 3rd floor, where 60 guests were treated to a very special dinner, hosted by DesignMarketo.
Alex Bettler and Jerome Rigaud set up DesignMarketo as a means to bring the work of young designers to a wider audience via their online shop. A few weeks ago, they set up A Shop in a Shop, their first permanent concession at the Barbican located within the Shop on level 3. As a celebration of this opening, DesignMarketo hosted a dinner party in their signature style.
Apart from providing a platform for selling existing work, DesignMarketo is also known for its 'FoodMarketo' events—where they invite designers to respond to food-related briefs such as 'Fruit and Vegetables vs Designers', and 'Coffee & Friends'.
For this particular event, the menu was developed with celebrated chef Maud Faussurier in collaboration with the Barbican's own Quentin Fitch, along the theme of 'Shoots and Sprouts.' Most of the courses were constructed in front of guests and the tables were set with products from the DesignMarketo collection. The tables were laid with special cloths by Amandine Alessandra which expose their pattern once wine or coffee is spilt on the surface. Each pair of guests shared a Bread Volcano by Olivia Decaris.
Bread Volcanoes (Olivia Descaris), "Coffee & Friends" Tablecloth (Amandine Alessandra)
Guests were seated along two long tables, overlooking the incredible interior garden&mdahsh;the whole evening was a sociable, informal, delicious and beautiful experience!Check out photographs by Amandine Alessandra from the event after the jump!
A Dinner with DesignMarketo - "Knuckle Jug" (Nicola Zocca), Tablecloth (Amandine Alessandra), Refurbished Glass (use dev org) and "Vegetable Light" (Peter Marigold) A Dinner with DesignMarketo - "Knuckle Jug" (Nicola Zocca), Tablecloth (Amandine Alessandra), Refurbished Glass (use dev org) and "Vegetable Light" (Peter Marigold)
Oil Lamp by Use Dev Org
DesignMarketo table setting and menu
Food making in action
A dinner with DesignMarketo
"Vegetable Light" by Peter Marigold
A bread made of 2 different types of dough to reproduce the physical reaction of a real volcano, by Olivia Descaris
"In Between" by Hina Thibaud; an edible plate for your tea or coffee: the top part indicates if you wish to be served tea or coffee
The next dinner event is called the Anarchidinner: An Experimental Banquet, and will also be hosted in the Garden Room on the 28th April.