Save energy with good food and good design

Some months ago I went to an enlightening exibition. Enlightening because it connected food, art, culture, tradition and design. This is a project by Jihyun and David that I wanted to share.

Save the food - Jihyun and David's project:

"Observing the food and therefore changing the notion of food preservation, we could find the answer to current situations such as the overuse of energy and food wastage. My design is a tool to implement that knowledge in a tangible way and slowly it changes the bigger picture of society. I believe that once people are given a tool that triggers their minds and requires a mental effort to use it, new traditions and new rituals can be introduced into our culture."

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life. Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it.

Therefore my design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Furthermore, it aims to bring back the connection between different levels of living beings, we as human beings and food ingredients as other living beings. For example: Do you know how to keep carrots fresh?

save the food root

Source image: - Copyright © by Jihyun Ryou

Keeping roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper levels of humidity. Interested in knowing how to store zucchini, aubergines or cucumbers? (I am very interested because often my veggies loose their freshness even before I can imagine how to prepare them!)

save the food fruit vegetablesSource image: - Copyright © by Jihyun Ryou. 
 We tend to think zucchini, aubergine, cucumber, etc. as vegetables. But they are biologically fruits. This shelf gives them a space outside the fridge. Also through the ritual to water them everyday, they will stay fresh. If these descriptions aroused your curiosity, have a look at Jihyun and David's site If you are interested in vegetables or food in general, I am sure you will be surprised with all the new ideas you can discover.

Texts, images, ideas and explanations are shared under Jihyun and David's copyright: Copyright© by Jihyun Ryou.

Save energy with good food and good design

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