During the London Design Festival which took place last September, mint went through a total makeover in a unique collaboration with Proef from Holland. The entire first floor was converted into a kitchen laboratory during which curious visitors were invited to take part in the experiment.
Uli & Mahala from Proef getting the vegetables ready to cook
Root vegetables were slowly cooked inside organic clay which helps preserve the vegetable flavors. Once out of the oven, diners could smash open the clay (with the help of fluorescent pink hammers and saws) and feast on carrots, beetroots, blue potatoes, onions, parsnips and much more.
This “Roots” installation was designed by Marije Vogelzang, founder of food design studio Proef. This experiment explored the shared culinary history of British and Dutch root vegetables and more importantly, it was a sensory experience that involved all five senses – touch, taste, smell, sight and hearing.
Vogelzang sees her installation as ‘an evolving terrain, connecting past and present on a modern table like an eclectic archaeological site’.
The show lasted four days and was a great success! Diners were also invited to take the remaining organic clay pieces and use them as compost for their homes.
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