Farm Kitchen For 100% Design at London DEsign Festival

Creative Direction | Concept Development | Curation | Production

A 272sqm immersive design installation and pop up restaurant integrating micro-agriculture into kitchen living.

Micro-agriculture is the practice of growing organic produce on a small scale using a variety of light sources, irrigation methods and growing mediums. The Farm Kitchen took this idea one step further by bringing it indoors and integrating the science of growing our own food into the design of furniture and decor. For this project, Carra created and curated contemporary products and introduced experimental concepts that integrate seamlessly into busy lifestyles and diverse tastes; enhancing, not replacing personal design preferences.

“Growing and self-sustainability is undoubtedly a reality for the future of kitchen and interior design. However, in an indoor context, I believe it has a tendency to overwhelm the design of a space and it shouldn’t. It should enrich it, and blend into it, with scientific  applications softened and planting carefully placed to pave the way to the ultimate reward; the fulfilment of living and working alongside nature, and growing your own sustenance in the design environment of your choice.”

Visitors explored a multi-sensory journey through the stages of the growing process - Cultivate, Convert, Enjoy - where they touched, tasted and smelt a variety of stimuli. Vertical planting, hydroponics, UV lighting, automated irrigation, living ‘infusion’ walls for wellbeing, reclaimed and natural materials, and even algae as a source of food and fuel, were among many features and talking points included in this conceptual installation, bringing together new and established future-makers, such as Bulbo, University of Bath, Greenworks, and Modern Sprout.

The internationally-acclaimed feature attracted sponsorship from Gaggenau and Dornbracht, and achieved global press recognition.

ICON Magazine ‘Top 3 Highlights of 100% Design’

Full case study available on request.

2013 | Photos by Graham Morgan