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Eat Drink Design

A disused cinema complex was the setting for the fifth edition of Eat Drink Design, where food-related work by the likes of Joost van Bleijswijk, Grondvormen and Klaas Kuiken was on show.

By Cassandra Pizzey / 04-11-2010

You may be forgiven for thinking Eat Drink Design was just another pop-up restaurant during Dutch Design Week, as almost every designer had decided to keep the visitors well fed and watered. But this temporary restaurant was a carefully curated exhibition courtesy of Moon/en/co.

Eat Drink Design describes itself as an exclusive pop-up exhibition restaurant. Starting out in 2006 chef Edwin Severijn (le Sot-l'y-laisse) and designers Annemoon Geurts and Koen Rijnbeek (Moon/en/co) came up with the idea for an international cultural event. "We wanted to harness the power of creative industries, combining disciplines such as food and design to create an unexpected happening," explains Geurts. Now in its fifth year, EDD boasts sold-out dining events and some of the big names in Dutch Design.

Through the sound of clinking champagne glasses a distant bubbling could be heard coming form Elixer Installation by artistic threesome Grondvormen. This labyrinth of tubes and pipes was busy distilling a 'magical' elixir from plants. The three designers that make up Grondvormen (Sander Boeijink, Nienke Sybrandy and Jeroen Wand) often work with plant matter, and here challenged the visitor to think about the workings of plants.
Something Marije van der Park & Latu's, KasKast also did. "Many people wanted to know what kind of bamboo was growing in the greenhouse," says Geurts, "and were very surprised to find out it was a brussel sprout plant." The KasKast is an ode to edible plants, formed by a disused cabinet combined with reused steel and wood to make an in-house greenhouse.
Right next to these impressive installations was a distilled project of another kind: Klaas Kuiken's collection of expanded wine bottles. "I take empty wine bottles and tie a piece of wire round the middle, then I heat them in that oven over there," the recent graduate from Institute of the Arts (ArtEZ) explains pointing to a small oven in the corner. "When they reach the right temperature, I blow the glass up like a balloon." The resulting vases were on show at several points throughout the festival, but here thanks to a simple display, really stood out. Kuiken's colleague graduate Sjoerd Vroonland was another of the potential young designers at EDD, showing a number of his family of chairs.

The sheer space of the venue (some 4000-m²) lent itself for an extravagant exhibition design, but Geurts decided to let the objects speak for themselves. "A clean display and a spotlight is all we used." By scouting during graduation shows, surfing the blogs and keeping up with the regulars, the curator made her decision on which designers to ask. Two of the regulars, Kiki van Eijk and Joost van Bleiswijk, presented new, food-related works at the exhibition. The Total Table project by Van Eijk features a complete set of table ware with seemingly randomly placed coats of armour,  and Van Bleiswijk's The Poor Man's Gold includes a giant pepper mill that looks as though it had been scribbled on with biro. And then there were Maaike Rozenburg's porcelain Pudding Molds which appeared to be dripping with melted chocolate, and were certainly big enough to feed an army.

Amid the porcelain and glass wares, a collection of chairs from various designers were displayed. The aforementioned Sjoerd Vroonland showed collaborations Car Chair and Kitchen Ware Stool, while Maarten Baptist's Lucky Love Chair had its very own pedestal. In the middle of the space stood Roeland Otten's work ABC chairs, not quite spelling out Eat Drink Design though.

Some designers had created pieces especially for EDD, such as the napkins by Jeroen Vinken and the Tile kitchen by Peter van der Jagt, Erik Jan Kwakkel and Arnout Visser. In this series of kitchen ware, tiles play a leading role in the design instead of being merely a wall-covering.  A number of kitchen accessories are designed to be part of the wall or work surface, including an egg timer, shelf and plant pot.

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Main image: Maaike Rozenburg
Other images top to bottom: Grondvormen, Klaas Kuiken, overview, Maarten Baptist, Roeland Otten, food preperation, entrance.

Photography: Lisa Klappe