Design and Digest Travels

Writing from my Airbnb in Paris I fondly reflect on my time in Copenhagen.  I was there just two weeks ago and have since traveled to Lisbon, Porto, and now Paris.  What a whirlwind adventure it has been.  I am feeling the travel exhaustion set in so I am giving myself time on this cloudy morning to reflect on the experiences I have had thus far. 

The initial interest that sparked this trip was a desire to study the intersection of food and design within various cities while using the plate, the kitchen, and the building as a lens to view and document those experiences.  For those of you who don’t know my background is architecture, but my passion for design does not stop there.  While designing buildings and interiors is an incredible process I have found I also love the creativity and more immediate reward that comes with cooking, hence my instagram account “Design and Digest.”  To me, designing a plate can be thought of in a similar way to how we design a room or building.  What is the program (i.e. the meal, number of people to serve) what are the aesthetics of the plate, how does it appeal to all five senses, how do the materials or ingredients come together to create a dish.  How does the meal and experience of eating at a table provide nourishment while also telling a story around a place and moment in time, etc.   I ask this main question - How does food and/or food culture shape cities (both literally and figuratively) and how does the city, place, or region shape the way we eat? In addition, I also ask what is the future of food and design at a local and global scale and how do they inform each other? 

I will elaborate on all of this in more detail later, and will be sharing info on each city, but for now enjoy a few favorite travel snapshots from the trip.  

Vakst Restaurant, Copenhagen 

Vakst Restaurant, Copenhagen 

The Round Tower, Copenhagen 

The Round Tower, Copenhagen 

Lisbon as seen from Portos do Sol

Lisbon as seen from Portos do Sol

Arco das Verdades, Porto

Arco das Verdades, Porto

Paris

Paris