Last week I visited the Everyday Discoveries exhibition which was part of the Helsinki World Design Capital 2012 programme. Even though I didn’t find the exhibition particularly inspiring, here are some food related things that caught my eye:
Kitchen towels from Estonia. They had the recipes for Carrot Caviar and Lard Paté printed on them.
Kitchen design from Italy: Snaidero Venus Kitchen that, according to the text that accompanied the model, “has been created to ‘stir emotion and evoke passion’”. Hard to tell whether this is true or not but I do like the colour and the fact that the work areas are at different heights.
This picture is from the Finnish part of the exhibition - the reason why I wanted to include this is because it showcased a kitchen towel that I recently got as a house warming gift from some friends of mine:
Here’s the towel in full view. It’s called “Kissanpäivät” (literally it means cat days but it could be translated as “Lazy Days”) and has been designed by Kristiina Haapalainen and Sami Vähä-Aho.
Chopping Block and Mortar from France, designed by Sylvie Amar Studio.
A stove from Belgium that has been designed to make the heating of take-away and ready-meals easier and safer.
The middle part of the biggest room was dedicated to table settings from different countries. I found this setting from Croatia to be the funniest and quite depicting of especially student life.
Classics from Finland and Italy: the red plastic bottle has been in production since 1965 and is used by Finnish children when they go camping; Bialetti’s coffee maker was designed in 1933.
Iceland had chosen a pancake pan as one of their classics. The text says that pancakes are an important part of Icelandic food culture and that every home has a special pan that is used to make them.