We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Maciej Chmara and Ania Rosinke, the Austrian conceptual designers behind the brand Chmara.Rosinke, to get their take on the most relevant design trends this year. You can read their full report on page 108 of our 2017 Field Report, but in the meantime learn more about their most memorable project to date, Mobile Hospitality.
Their Mobile Hospitality project pays attention to an important aspect of Chmara.Rosinke’s design work – taking responsibility and initiative in the city in which you live.
“The city plays a difficult role as a space. On the one hand it does not belong to anyone, on the other hand it belongs to all […]. It has decreased to the background of our everyday activities. Responsibility for the outdoor space, for most of the residents, stops at their garden fence. The mobile hospitality project starts just here.”
The duo conceived a wheelbarrow kitchen and dining space and built it from scratch, traveling around the world with it, inviting random wanderers, tourists, office workers going out for lunch or neighbours to sit at a mutual table and share a meal with them. They see it as an opportunity to get to know other people and share a public space and meal.
All the objects are mobile and foldable and are made out of wood and supplemented with additional functions such as a foot pump for running water and pots to grow herbs in.
Mobile hospitality is a winner of DMY International Design Festival 2012 Award, NWW 2012 Award,
and recognition of outstanding design award 2012 for experimental design, it is also part of the permanent collection of MAK (Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst) Vienna and has been exhibited at ICFF New York, DMY, Bauhaus Archiv, Klaus Engelhorn Depot, Lodz Design Week, ArtDesign Feldkirch, and Bratislava Design Weekend.
Images from chmararosinke.com
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