How do people from other countries eat their breakfast? The exhibition "What's for Breakfast", commissioned by Platform Culture - Central Europe, shares the design cultures and breakfast values from Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, accompanied by the Georgian host.
Each table arrangement tells a fascinating story about the country and its habits, with selected table designs and breakfast specialities curated by the national partners. Featuring design classics and contemporary pieces, the show demonstrates how much the cultures of these countries differ in terms of shapes, style and materials used to design a perfect breakfast.
“This breakfast table features an array of beautiful Austrian design objects inspired by the word mélange (which in French means “mixture”). It typifies the rich culture of Austria with its inclusion of the Melange, a distinctive Viennese coffee speciality that first appeared in Vienna about 1830. Since then, the frothy coffee has become one of Austrians’ most popular breakfast drinks.”
Designers include Josef Hoffmann, Robert Stadler and Thomas Feichtner.
“To express a sense of cultural openness in the exhibition, the curatorial decision was made to arrange a breakfast table on a bed … When taking breakfast in bed, people discuss personal matters and they only do so with their partners, their best friends or their children. This arrangement reveals significant aspects of the Czech character — as do the surrounding items.”
Designers include Jiří Pelcl, Maxim Velčovský, Studio Olgoj Chorchoj and Rony Plesl.
“Contemporary Hungarian design is strongly influenced by New Craft and the Slow Movement in all of its diverse forms. Designers are rediscovering unique handicraft techniques, drawing inspiration from folk culture and turning to local and regional traditions. Yet they are working in an increasingly global marketplace. So the art produced in the context of (G)localism, New Craft and the re-appropriation of design traditions is lending a distinct flavour to visual culture in Hungary.”
Designers include Júlia Néma, Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop and Vladimir Péter.
“What would the grand Sunday breakfast of Polish design be? Like the abundant selection of breakfast foods, flavoured by sweet and savoury combinations, the contemporary design scene is shaped by contrasting narratives of objects. Reflective practice that blends mass-produced and crafted objects defines a number of pieces here. Many designers create their own collections, produce them in their own studios and at the end of the creative process even distribute products by their own means.”
Designers include Kompott Design Studio, Marek Cecuła and Daga Kopała and Karina Marusińska
“The Slovak design scene has changed significantly over the last few years. But two aspects stand out. First is the growing self-confidence of young graduates emerging from design academies. Many have set up innovative design practices in response to limited opportunities presented by Slovak industry. Recent graduates have started up art associations, studios, workshops and small businesses. Emerging brands range from ceramic and porcelain to textiles, jewellery and small furniture. Second is the renewed interest in traditional crafts and techniques, which is providing a constant source of inspiration to a new generation of designers.”
Designers include Simona Janišová and Linda Viková, Peter and Ondrej Eliáš and Michal Hanula.
“The beloved Georgian tradition of eating in open public spaces informed the overall design concept for the photo shoot, set in a private garden belonging to a 19th century Art Nouveau townhouse. … For the table layout, a combination of traditional and contemporary objects was introduced, which is characteristic of modern Georgian design — an eclectic fusion of aesthetics from different eras and cultures — traditional Georgian, post- Soviet, Middle Eastern and European.”
The exhibition will be held from the 24th June to 3rd July at the Writers’ House of Georgia in Tbilisi.
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