The Long Kitchen, emotionally durable and multi-generational living space
At the Interior Design Summit on March 11th Johnny will talk about kitchen design for four generations, on how the kitchen is increasingly becoming the key to a comfortable and satisfying home life. It continues ideas he presented to Newcastle University's December Changing Age initiative, exploring how we can make kitchens that last a long time, thirty years or more and what motivates people to hold on to them. Jonathan Chapman's book, Emotionally Durable Design inspired some of the content. Come and find out how we can design flexibility and excitement into all aspects of kitchen living.
Interior Design Summit, 11th March 2014 Wembley Hilton, London
The talk is sponsored by Blum UK.
For the Changing Age initiative http://www.ncl.ac.uk/changingage/about/events/item/LongKitchen
Elizabeth David on the radio and in print
BBC Radio 4's Food Programme broadcast a tribute to Elizabeth David on December 29th. It included my discussion with Sir Terence Conran on our joint contribution to kitchen design. It is available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03mckr3
It was her extraordinary kitchen, her original, witty ideas that excited me to design kitchens. She was my aunt but mother to my ideas, in particular the Unfitted Kitchen. For her, a lover of beauty, 'the perfect kitchen would be more like a painter's studio furnished with cooking equipment', a place associated with personal expression, light and creativity.
The vision expressed in her writing was a social one. Rather than strict adherence to her recipes, she cared about the process of cooking with friends and family and the simple pleasures of making and eating food in sympathetic environments. This is why I mention in my blogs. I am trying, in my way, to carry her spirit forward into our twentieth-first century kitchens.
The Observer Food Magazine celebrated her legacy in Rachel Cooke's elucidating piece
The Long Kitchen: new thinking into multi generational kitchens
Newcastle University, a world-leading centre for research into ageing and vitality, is inviting the kitchen industry, journalists and academics to consider new ways of making kitchens. On Thursday 28th November from 11am - 4pm we will discuss how to create products and services for the home and kitchen that can be used by anyone, regardless of age.
My talk, The Long Kitchen, is inspired by ecological considerations and a desire for spaces that are emotionally engaging and functionally durable over a long period of time. We will hear Profs' Tom Kirkwood and Peter Gore share their substantial expertise, making it available for companies that wish to innovate as well as outlining their proposal to make an advanced test kitchen.
The invitation-only conference will be set in globally-recognised research facilities on campus. Andrew Davies, the much sought editor of KBB Review, will be chairing the event.
For full details www.ncl.ac.uk/changingage
Please contact Helen Neat at helen.neat.ncl.ac.uk or call 0191 222 6837 to register.
Elizabeth David lands on your doormat
As a writer who used the letter form to communicate with her own mother when they were both in the same house, my aunt would probably have liked being on a stamp.
I think she would also have approved of her Royal Mail 'Great Britons' companions: Vivien Leigh (no more beautiful than her), Mary Leakey, Norman Parkinson and Richard Dimbleby, David Lloyd George, among others. This reappearance of hers coincides with a new book of recipes, Elizabeth David on Vegetables, published by Quadrille. It's a collection of our favourite, most useful vegetarian dishes taken from all her book titles, her posthumous anthology of vegetarian cookery.
See blog for further ED references.
Posted by Johnny on January 27th, 2014
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Posted by Johnny on November 13th, 2013
Excerpts from Turning Grey into Gold conference at Newcastle University, 28th November When growing old, your kitchen is key for staying in your own home, says Peter Gore, Newcastle's Professor of ...