food

A Nice Day for a Picnic


In 1970, Steven Frykholm was working as the in-house graphic designer for the furniture manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc., when a company vice-president stopped by his desk.  Every summer, the VP said, Herman Miller hosted a company picnic.  Perhaps Frykholm would make up a poster for the event?
Stephen Frykholm, Herman Miller Inc., poster, screenprint, graphic design, picnic, food, summer

Design and Food Journal 03: Slowing Down


Over the past few months, a number of design and food trends have been catching my attention. One is the idea of slowing down, inherent in the work of many student design projects I’ve recently seen. Afterall, what can (hopefully) inspire us to slow down more than food? When preparing it, we are held to food’s properties and ritualized making. When eating it, we savor the present moment when a delicious bite hits our tongue. In harvesting it, we respect its cycles. The mass production of food during the twentieth century gave us bland, processed, and thoughtless food experiences that many designers, chefs, farmers, artisans, and others are seeking to overturn with an emphasis on rediscovering our gastronomical roots. Design students are very much a part of this conversation, proposing solutions that provide provocative commentary.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, student work, ECAL, Design Academy Eindhoven, Jinhyun Jeon, Coen de Koning, Laurent Beirnaert, Pierre Bouvier, Paul Tubiana
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Design and food at Design Miami/


Design and food continues to be an area of design practice garnering attention as it pushes at the boundaries of what we think of as traditional design. (Full discloser, I am organizing an exhibition on the subject.) Case in point: Design Miami/’s first BE OPEN Forum includes eating designer Marije Vogelzang on its roster.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, Design Miami/, exhibitions, Marije Vogelzang

Design and Food Journal 02: Pop-ups


The London Design Festival has since passed (it was held September 14 – 23), but in the myriad reports that surfaced online, one trend held my attention: the design and food pop-up.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, exhibitions, pop-up, Arabeschi di Latte, Faye Toogood, Haptic Thought, DesignMarketo, Linda Monique, Tom Dixon, Paul Cocksedge
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Design and Food Journal 01: Planting the Flag


In this Research-in-Progress blog series, I’ll be testing ideas and sharing what piques my interest around design and food, part of early ongoing research I’m undertaking here at Cooper-Hewitt in preparation for an exhibition. I view this space as an important part of the process, pulling back the curtain, if you will, on initial thinking that will shape the exhibition. Consider it your special backstage tour. This journal will therefore get messy, but that’s precisely the intention – to have a space where ideas can emerge, develop, be thrown out or be enriched. I’m thirsty for suggestions and feedback, so please do share.
Design and Food, food, contemporary design, ceramics, exhibitions

Cooper-Hewitt: Food and Transportation: New Systems Approaches to Transforming Cities Sustainably


By the year 2050, about 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers with much less space and resources available to support the current personal automobile, sprawl, and highway infrastructure-focused transportation paradigm. Speakers Dickson Despommier, Dan Albert and Sue Zielinski will present their visions for the future of cities that include models for vertical farming and transportation alternatives.
transportation, food, smithsonian, cooper-hewitt, sustainability, dickson despommier, dan albert, sue zielinski, seamless transportation, connecting dots, connect dots, cities, trains, cars, vertical farming, black box, newark farm, panel, talk, long, public program

Silver Mustard Pots from the Colman Collection


These silver mustard pots, with gilded interior or glass liners, are on loan from the collection of Colman Foods in Norwich, England. The pots date from the 18th century and reflect an evolution of design styles, forms, and production processes.
dining, decorative objects, silver, food, traveling exhibitions