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into lighting support Conran + Partners @ The Food Religion Tribute German Gymnasium

September 18, 2017

Exploring the idea of Food Worship in contemporary culture, for one week only, the cathedral-like volume of German Gymnasium will play sanctuary to a six-metre high installation and host to an interactive culinary experience. In a world influenced by social media trends, our attitude to food over recent years has amplified. Chefs and food bloggers are the New Rock Stars. The rise of the craft-organic-anti-label-locally sourced-flat-white is everywhere. ‘Foodies’ are seeking the Holy Grail of food, investing more in quality experiences and getting serious FOMO for not seeking instant pilgrimage to the most recent restaurant acclaim to smack the lips and thumbs of our fellow Instagram community. Food Worship is all around us – pushing the boundaries of our social lives. This exciting collaboration between Conran + Partners, Studio Appétit and German Gymnasium challenges the boundaries between Food and Faith through the realm of architecture and design. “The ‘Food Religion’ installation showcases the beauty and integrity of five materials taken from the Bauhaus curriculum. We worked within their natural strengths and limitations to drive their form, scale and texture with a simplicity, unique shape and function coming together to create a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’”. Tina Norden, Director, Conran + Partner The elements towards the base of the installation represent the foundations of food and cooking which rises into a celebration of food consumption. Conran + Partners worked with a team of expert designers and manufacturers to deliver this ambitious structure including Claybrook (Stone), Mark Taylor Design (Timber), Into Lighting (Metal + Lighting), Aarnio Originals (Colour) and Milk (Structure). Upon taking in the scale of the installation, guests will be invited to try an immersive multisensory dessert and two cocktails available exclusively for the duration of London Design Festival. Designed in collaboration with Studio Appétit and German Gymnasium’s Executive Chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, Bar Manager, Fred Tartas and Head Bartender, Jeremy Le Blanche - the dessert will be available on the Grand Café and restaurant menus, with cocktails available in the Meister Bar. The Bauhaus Tableware, a new product launch by Studio Appétit and Raw Finnish by Hukka Design, is used to present the dessert and cocktails. Made from three materials – oak, brass and Finnish soapstone (a 2-billion-year-old material) crafted into simple geometric shapes directly responding to the installation. The first cocktail #Garnishdesign will reimagine cocktail aesthetics, challenging guests to create their own edible garnish compositions. Cocktail ingredients will not be revealed so the guest can focus instead on the colour, texture and form. The second immersive cocktail, Baptism of a Cherry, is a highly exclusive experience, with only three cocktails available each day. Created as a divine celebration of craft, ingredients and design, the cocktail is part of a culinary ceremony served in an exquisite hand-crafted cup. The dessert, Holy Cherry, is a black forest cake deconstructed into a ritualistic experience of culinary tribute, set in a geometric composition on a limited-edition, hand-made Bauhaus serving board. Edible shapes will serve as a miniature culinary playground for diners and a Kirschwasser accompaniment will enhance the offering. “The Food Religion is a concept we have been developing in the studio for almost 2 years now. It is the merge of our love to challenge conventional boundaries of traditional disciplines and translate them into new worlds of sensory stimulations with the striking relevance of food culture in all walks of life. This first installation, headlined by our collaboration with Conran + Partners will focus on the notion of culinary Tribute. By playing with the scales of human experience between the monumental structure and the personal consumption experiences we have created a highly detailed, multi-faceted exploration that is set to take the visitors on a physical and spiritual journey“ Ido Garini, Creative Director, Studio Appétit Taking place at German Gymnasium, King's Cross - London Design Festival - 18th - 24th September 2017 into-lighting-the-food-religion-tribute-german-gymnasium-installation