Global Street Food by Mike Meiré for Dornbracht



Dezeen movie: in this film we made in Cologne last month, creative director Mike Meiré (above) of Meiré und Meiré and Andreas Dornbracht of kitchen and bathroom brand Dornbracht explain Global Street Food, an exhibition of improvised street kitchens collected from around the world.

The exhibition, held at Meiré's studio during the IMM Cologne furniture fair, was commissioned by Dornbracht as part of its Dornbracht Edges series of cultural projects.

Here's some text about the project from Dornbracht:


Dornbracht: Global Street Food at the Passengen/IMM Cologne 2009

Dornbracht debut the new exhibition "Global Street Food" during imm Cologne 2009. The installation is Mike Meiré’s latest contribution to the Dornbracht Edges exhibition series, consisting of projects which explore the interaction of architecture, design and utopia.

"Global Street Food" is dedicated to the fascination with improvised kitchens in public places. Urban fast food stations navigate the contrast between pragmatic dilettantism and complexity in the smallest of spaces. Mike Meiré presents a variety of objects and street foods from different areas of the world in a classic white cube. This exhibition explores the sculptural quality of authentic objects and their cultural identity.

Decontextualisation allows people to look at the units from various points of view: what materials is this type of unit made from? Where do they come from and how do they communicate with each other?

Just as we began with “The Farm Project” to provide a contrast to aesthetic minimalism in the kitchen, we want to inspire a design with these street sculptures which also provides a narrative. What happens if you put technology outside, make it visible and create an object that represents a kind of life situation, an organism in the smallest of spaces?

The kitchen as a place of social dynamics and transformation is just one such organism. The miniaturisation, the combination of altogether different aspects opens up a new avenue and makes it possible to think about other processes. From this type of field research, I am hoping for a development that leads to different forms of expression, aesthetics that seek out stylistic incongruities." (Mike Meiré) /

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  • modular

    This is silly to say, but this guy reminds me a lot of a mix between Aristide Bruant and Austin Scarlett, lol!


  • siksee

    the photo is taken in Hong Kong~

  • Great Video… and exhibition of improvisation.

  • jedi

    interesting, but all he had were examples from what…3 countries?! and he calls it “global street food”?!

  • James

    This is one of the most interesting things i have seen on Dezeen over the past year. A really ideas provoking project, with an honesty to the way people behave, improvising with their environment. I love the ‘this+this+this=this’ make do of it all! (supermarket trolly + door = mobile cheese shop). Excellent!

  • scruces

    That man and his team are bad ass, designing across disciplines…heroes of design

  • ‘Rogier’

    I was thinking the same as ‘modular’:

  • capucine

    Whatever you think, whatever discipline is represented, it always happens something special when Mike Meiré organises things in the space.

  • @ Modular: Nothing in the least wrong with the lovely Mr. Scarlett, I would also add young Yves Saint Laurent to the confection.

    The research in itself is deeply satisfying and I’m curious to see where this line of inquiry ends up design-wise for Mike Meiré.

  • Bravo, Dezeen. Bravo. This is the kind of coverage (and projects) we need to be exposed to– and video is the perfect medium for understanding them.

  • Vincent

    It’s funny how the third world becomes an art piece for the first world…

  • ptc

    Let me understand…

    Some snobs, trying to understand how people eat and live, went to the poorest parts of the world and stole improvised kitchens to research them for product development.
    I understand the concept, the idea and the artistic approach but I do not get how these necessities were extracted from their original environment. Stealing bribing or recreating using similar materials?

    Wouldn't it be great to also see the context from which these kitchens came from? I can't imagine the curator painting each visitor a larger picture of the artifact.

    Nevertheless, bravo!