Words by Mpdclick’s Home & Interiors editor …
Ariana Mouyiaris from Haptic Thought has been commissioned to curate a unique dining experience for individuals from the creative industries in celebration of the 10th birthday of the MA Curating Contemporary Design programme at Kingston University and in commemoration of the 60th Anniverary of the 1950 Regugee Convention. A temporary environment will showcase specially created design elements by contemporary UK-based designers such as Glass Hill, RARA and Practice & Theory that historically link refugees with highpoints of British design. Designs include a series of placemats designed by Haptic Thought that feature custom graphics about refugees in Britain, ‘Hybrid Cards’ by Practice & Theory which juxtapose historical and contemporary UK designers, a hexagonal MDF table by Glass Hill and Maholy-Nagy inspired napkins by RARA.
An experimental menu created by for the event by Arabeschi di Latte will link the food culture of some of the largest refugee communities in the UK: Afghan, Somali, Zimbabwean, Kurdish, and Sri Lankan, with traditional English cuisine, to help bring focus to contemporary British diversity. Cafe-come-design store Design Marketo will also be on hand to sell design commissions throughout the evening to help raise money for the refugee council.
The charity event will be held at St Mary’s Church on Putney High Street in London this Thursday (June 30th). For tickets, please click here.
This event links directly with Mpdclick’s spring/summer 12 National Hybrid trend which explores a contemporary vision of multicultural Great Britain as it is propelled into the limelight in the 2012 London Olympics. Like The Hybrid Supper Project, the trend is inspired by the diversity of nationalities, creative talents and charming pastimes steeped in tradition that blend together to form a multifaceted society in Britain.
Glasshill (above & below)