Appetite For Design: A Culinary Design Experience

Opening on Friday evening, 8th May 2015 and running until Tuesday, 30th June 2015, in the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, Appetite for Design is a unique and spectacular food design exhibition that will explore the design of methods and spaces where food is processed, distributed and consumed.

Appetite for Design features the work of leading Irish and international designers, cooks and restaurateurs; documenting, discussing and speculating about the design of food and our experience of it. Food is no longer merely about the simple act of eating or the pure experience of smell and taste. New trends and materials have led to unique opportunities for the designers of today to enhance and elevate our engagement with food by speaking to our minds as well as our stomachs, engaging all the senses in a holistic culinary experience.

Appetite for Design showcases examples of the aesthetics, promotion, communication and representation of food, along with the equipment and tools used to prepare and consume food. Featured work includes Bompas & Parr, Marije Vogelzang, Omer Polek, The Decorators, Chapter One, Superfolk and Loam. A series of ticketed culinary eating experiences and performances to accompany the exhibition will be hosted in the National Craft Gallery by The Domestic Godless, Culinary Counter, Barry Fitzgerald and guerrilla dining group, Dublin Pop-Up. Tickets are available to purchase from Eventbrite at


The exhibition, which is curated by Dublin design studio Designgoat and supported by Bulthaup and O’Hagan Design, explores the very best of food design and builds on the increasing global recognition of outstanding Irish produce from coast to coast and seabed to soil. Designgoat’s exhibition design directly relates to our collected experience of food and plays with notions of domestic dining tables, outdoor picnics and restaurants.

Eating experiences:
Exhibition curators Designgoat have invited chefs, food designers and artists to create a series of Eating Experiences in the National Craft Gallery throughout the run of Appetite for Design. Each individual Eating Experience will be a unique culinary encounter, showcasing seasonal, wonderful and bizarre foods.

Eating Experience 1 — Barry Fitzgerald – Saturday 9th May, 6.30pm
Former Head Chef of Etto, Dublin and of the Michelin-starred Hardwood Arms, London; Barry’s style of food is seasonal, creative, uncomplicated and approachable.

Eating Experience 2 — The Domestic Godless – Saturday 23rd May, 6.30pm
The Domestic Godless explores the potential of food through taste, presentation, history and its cultural values, as a vehicle for irreverent artistic endeavour and experimentation.

Eating Experience 3 — Culinary Counter – Saturday 6th June, 6.30pm
The Culinary Counter, run by chefs Mark Moriarty and Ciaran Sweeney, aims to break down barriers between the kitchen and the customer. An exciting theatrical tasting menu will be served by these brilliant chefs.

Eating Experience 4 — Dublin Pop-Up – Saturday 20th June, 6.30pm
Cúán Greene and Harry Colley of Dublin Pop Up offer innovative and extraordinary fine dining catering experiences which play with traditional dining formats through dramatic food and unique locations.

Tickets for the Eating Experiences are available to purchase from

Appetite for Design is also involved in The Kerrygold Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine, 15th – 17thMay 2015. The Appetite for Design programme at the festival will include a beautiful photography exhibition of some of the food and tools used in food design in the Grain Store, accompanied by a panel discussion on the importance of design in food with a great line up of some of best chefs and designers in food – Christian Puglisi, Kevin Thornton, Sharon Green and Alice Coyle, moderated by Rory O’Connell.

Appetite for Design is on view at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny from Saturday, 9th May 2015 until Tuesday, 30th June 2015.

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