One of our best experiences during this years Milan Design Week was the Lapin Kulta solar kitchen restaurant by Finnish food visionary Antto Melasniemi and Catalan designer Martí Guixé. It was all about a celebration to the sun, gourmet cooking, beer, life and art on its trail towards the never-setting summer sun of the Arctic Circle.
The Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant is built around a solar kitchen, where the food will be cooked using only alternative energy: the sun. Unlike the traditional way of cooking, solar heat affects the taste and texture of the dish in a surprising and positive way, producing a completely different taste experience.
An environmental and gastronomic art project as well as a gourmet eatery, the Lapin Kulta Solar Kitchen Restaurant highlights key contemporary themes: a nature-driven process, flexibility and immediacy. Depending on the day’s sunshine, the nature-driven kitchen will be able to serve a solar barbecue, meals prepared at lower temperatures or salads. The restaurant will therefore also test people’s flexibility: if it rains, they have to adapt, reschedule and deal with the nature-dependent delays. Immediacy will be evident in the urgency of movements and decisions, and real-time information: a cloud could change the course of a business lunch!