More food innovation this week as we see a change in traditional tacos, a particular vegetable becoming quite popular, an apartment designed for a dystopian future and a new innovative material for H&M!
NYC’s Nami Nori Restaurant Turns Hand Rolls into Tacos
"It is not often we are equally impressed by food and design innovation with the same intensity. But Nami Nori, a new Japanese restaurant in NYC’s West Village, has officially blown us away. Besides the three founders all being alums of Masa, the only 3-Michelin-star sushi restaurant in the country, Nami Nori has captivated our creative senses with their show stopping take on temaki served up “taco style” on perfectly cut wood blocks in a laid back Cali-Scandi-Japanese décor."
Lettuce, Once and For All
"Food is, as they say, the great equalizer. In utilitarian and decorative contexts, food both pioneers and reflects the culture, and foodways have often provided context for intangible culture at large.
And right now, it seems, we freaking love lettuce. While there are dissertations to be written about how the many salad narratives engage the food, design, and fashion worlds, recently lettuce has been a cheeky aesthetic influence for designers. Last fall, Paper sussed out a lettuce trend after New York Fashion Week—a year after noted kale stan Beyoncé wore an iceberg-y Off-White gown right off the runway during the final night of her On the Run II tour. It really is everywhere: artist and (coincidentally!) food-centric ceramicist Katie Kimmel sells “Salad” tees; designer Mats Rombaut makes rubber lettuce slide sandals including an all-black pair entitled “biohazardous lettuce slides” "
Apartment design for a dystopian future of hunting & gathering for food
"A London design studio Superflux created a prototype of what a typical apartment might look like as the effects of climate change intensify. The exhibit is called "Mitigation of Shock, Singapore," modeled after an earlier exhibit in London. The apartment has clues to what life could be like, with tools for hunting and ration cards, indicating a future of scarcity."
H&M Make Vegan Leather From 'Wine Waste'
"Swedish fashion giant H&M is to launch a vegan alternative to leather made from the byproducts of wine. Debuting on March 26, a number of handbags and pairs of shoes in the Conscious Collection will use the 'soft vegan leather' - created by Italian tech company Vegea. The collection will also feature new dye made from the coffee grounds in H&M's offices in China, as well as recycled polyester."