Public kitchen workshop cooks & builds furniture with donations, recycled materials

Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl

The convergence of growing crises in community, environment, technology and economy is laying the groundwork for practices such as car sharing, tool libraries and skill swaps. Echoing this encouraging move towards collaborative consumption (or sharing, for simplicity's sake), designers Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl put together Construsine, a public kitchen workshop that allows participants to cook and build collaboratively using entirely donated and recycled materials.

© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl

Recently initiated during Vienna's Design Week, the designers explain the concept behind this workshop, which was held in a public square, free of charge:

Construsine is a public low-cost, consumption-conscious, temporary initiative. All raw materials, both ingredients and construction materials, were obtained through donations from local businesses. The basic set-up consists of working and kitchen desks, that through their design conduct their users into a self-explanatory production process. Through these tools the designers propose simple food and furniture recipes, based on clever use of recycled materials, that inspire people to participate and develop their own.

© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl
© Johanna Dehio & Dominik Hehl

Children are also included in the activities, with the goal of stimulating improvisational skills that are found in both cooking and building. In transforming a plaza into a "temporary creative meeting point," the project seems to harken back to the traditions of a shared village feast, or a collective barn raising, but scaled down to the rhythms and materials found around an urban square. Nevertheless, it seems to be a great way to spread ideas about collaborative re-use, sharing and making to a wider audience. More over at the designers' website.

Tags: Arts | Austria | Collaborative Consumption | Cooking | Recycled Building Materials