During the first five months of this year, six Finnish design students dreamed up and built a complete pop-up cafeteria, from the cafeteria tent itself, down to the details of the tableware, furniture and uniforms. The café was opened in Helsinki mid-May as a participant of the unique “Restaurant Day” food carnival during which anyone can open up a restaurant on the streets, gardens and homes of Helsinki. Students spent the day serving coffee and traditional Finnish food and photograph all of the designed items as they are used by passers-by.
Their café is part of a design project called “Eating in Open Air” by design students from Aalto University in Finland and Kobe Design University in Japan. The aim is to examine the traditions and habits of outdoor dining and how they are reflected in both countries. A group of students from both universities run out their own projects under this common theme. Torikoju will continue to be on display in Finland, Tokyo and Kobe through the rest of the year.
01. Valeria Necchio