Creative Roundup: April 2019

Welcome to the Creative Roundup, our monthly digest of cool things from the world of interior design and hospitality...

Milk Train, London

The wacky ice cream pop-up vender, Milk Train, gained a cult following on Instagram and now has an incredible new home in Covent Garden - the design of which will form a blueprint for further stores.

With big and bold designs a key feature to their ice cream creations, it’s no wonder people are keen to get their own 'Milk Train' snap on Instagram. Wanting to create the perfect Insta backdrop, the design was purposefully paired back to be interchangeable across seasons and evolve with trends.

Under, Norway

Under is the first underwater restaurant to open in Europe, and is the biggest in the world, seating 100 guests.

Lying on the seabed, five and a half meters below the surface, the restaurants monolithic structure rises to break the surface and tell a story of contrast. The above and below water distinctions continues inside, with a warm and inviting entrance, leading down to a cooler, more dramatic palette of colours and textures.

At the heart of the design is the huge glass window into the North Sea - a dramatic backdrop in itself. With rough conditions, it is not an aquarium, more of a cosy bunker from which to experience the unique environment.

3D-Printed Sushi

The restaurant, Sushi Singularity  has not yet opened, but upon reservations, diners will be sent a health testing kit to collect ‘biological samples’.

On analysis of the data, a biometric profile can be created for the diner in order to 3D print nutritionally tailored sushi!

The Red Mud Project

Red mud, a.k.a. bauxite residue, is a by-product of the aluminium industry.

With over 150 million tonnes produced and left unused each year, a group of designers from the Royal College of Art in London, set about transforming the industrial waste ‘red mud’ into ceramic tableware sets.

The aesthetics echo the chimneys and silos of the factories from which the material came. Glazes were also developed using the same material and the results created a variety of color according to the firing temperature, ranging from a soft terracotta red, through to purple, and eventually almost black.

David Pompa - Volcanic rock lighting collection

Mexico City design studio David Pompa has rounded porous volcanic stone into spheres for its latest lighting collection - Origo.

Pendant and wall fixings feature black, volcanic rock spherical bases with glass bulbs attached.

Origo – the latin word for origin – "speaks about the origin of the universe, a specific point of time, an intersection of axes in space, where everything begins," David Pompa said in a project description.

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