TAPAS - Spanish Design for Food: Kitchen

Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Acción Cultural Española

The exhibition, organized and produced by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), shows through two hundred objects divided in three sections—Kitchen, Table, Food—how design finds solutions to the problems posed over the years by the world of cuisine. And particularly how Spanish culture has come up with ingenious inventions and solutions throughout history. 

About the exhibition "Tapas. Spanish Design for Food"Acción Cultural Española, AC/E

Juli Capella, curator of "Tapas", explains the exhibition during the Tokyo Design Week.

Chronology TapasAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

The exhibition sets out to show how design and food have always been interrelated and how the discipline of design has sought solutions to the problems posed by the world of cuisine. In particular, it takes a look at how Spanish culture has come up with ingenious inventions and solutions in this respect throughout its history.

Cover KitchenAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

The Kitchen

Design for cooking.

Lemon squeezer by Luki HuberOriginal Source: Lékué

Lékué and Luki Huber are on a quest to reinvent, and improve the basic daily kitchen processes of manipulating, cooking and conserving food based on the application of platinum silicone. The lemon squeezer is the first product in the collection and it pays homage to the basic act of literally squeezing a lemon to get the juice out.

Encanal. Cutting Board Encanal. Cutting Board by Ernest PereraOriginal Source: Amor de Madre

Polyethylene kitchen cutting board.

Encanal. Cutting BoardOriginal Source: Amor de Madre

The folds make it easier to direct the chopped food into the pan.

Pressure cookerAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

In 1919 the first olla exprés patent was awarded to José Alix Martínez entitled, “A pan for all kinds of stews that shall be called olla expres”.

Facile. Pressure cooker by Josep LluscàOriginal Source: Isogona - Bra

Pressure cooker made from 18/10 stainless steel of the highest quality and heat resistant bakelite. The ergonomic design applied to this pressure cooker makes it decidedly easy to use. A sophisticated mechanism makes it possible to open or close the lid with just a light turn of the wrist of one hand, a huge advance over traditional pressure cookers with their long handles and bayonet locks which, as well as inconveniently requiring two hands to close them, make them awkward to use and store in the kitchen.

Citromatic MPZ-2. Citrus juicerOriginal Source: Braun

The designers Dieter Rams and Gabriel Lluelles devised this citrus squeezer in 1970 for the Braun company. It is elegant, stylish and minimalist and is still one of the most efficient on the market. The German company entrusted its design to a Spanish designer, Spain being an expert country when it comes to oranges.

Roner ROriginal Source: ICC International Cooking Concepts

El Roner R is a Spanish invention which is the result of a collaboration between ICC, Joan Roca (El Celler de Can Roca, Girona) and Narcís Caner (Fonda Caner, Girona). It makes it possible to have a bainmarie with a constant and identical temperature throughout the entire recipient. It enables the control of low-temperature cooking, from
40º F to 212º F. It is adaptable for use with any kind of recipient with a maximum capacity of five gallons.

Because of its characteristics, the Roner R is particularly well suited for cooking food such as meat, fish, poultry vegetables, terrines, pates, jellies and preserves, that has previously been vacuum packed. It is also ideal for pasteurizing food cooked with traditional methods and for reheating pre-cooked, vacuum-packed meals.

Migas - Pájaros. Bread board and feeder perch for birds by Curro ClaretAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

As you slice a loaf of bread, the crumbs fall through the holes in the board into a funnel and then into a tube that deposits them outside the house in a feeder perch for wild birds.

Migas - Pájaros by Curro ClaretAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

Strung-up containers by Marre MoerelOriginal Source: Moerel Design Studio

One of the pieces from the Food on the Table collection whose shapes reproduce those of animal organs such as a pig’s foot or intestines, a cow’s heart, a sheep’s brain or a bull’s testicles. The shape and function of each object derive from their original, natural form, without further manipulation.

Through this process of immortalizing the animals’ insides, Moerel confronts us with the brutality and animal instincts which exist in all of us. At the same time, she shows us the beauty inherent in the rawness of nature, which we continue to be disconnected from, and which we can only hope to rediscover.

Funnel Friends Funnel Friends by Roger ArquerOriginal Source: Royal VKB

This funnel is a cross between a funnel and a container. It can perfectly well be used for transferring liquids, cereals and grain. The flowing shape of each funnel is cleverly designed so that the complete set fits together perfectly, saving space.

Project D10. Gourmet kitchen Project D10. Gourmet kitchen by TallerDDOriginal Source: Xoane

The D10 project’s appearance and efficiency make it a “gourmet” kitchen. Aesthetically it consists of a clean and simple space where the cooker disappears from sight. All you see is a vertical, aromatic herb garden that fills the air with the fresh scents of the countryside and nature. The plants are fixed to the panel by hidden magnets.

Project D10. Gourmet kitchenOriginal Source: Xoane

While its main function is to hold the plants used for cooking it can also become more dynamic because the plants can be placed on anything made of metal, either inside or outside the house.

Project D10. Gourmet kitchen by TallerDDAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

Faces. Kitchen utensils by Estudi ArolaOriginal Source: Design Mix

Faces is a project by Ferran Adrià for a new collection of kitchenware and tableware.

It shows the creative talent of a select team of designers, including Estudio Arola with their collection of kitchen utensils featuring a new set of knives and tongs whose design optimizes their usefulness in the kitchen, and a set of bowls for the preparation and serving of food.

Kit Sferificación by Ferran Adrià, Albert AdriàOriginal Source: Guzmán Gastronomía

Basic spherification is ideal for the production of ravioli and other concoctions with an extremely subtle membrane, a delight to the palate. It also makes it possible to obtain spherical caviar. It needs to be produced quickly because once the sphere is submerged in the bath of calcium, it jellies quickly to become a compact ball.

Fakircook by ICC & Jordi HerreraOriginal Source: International Cooking Concepts

The Fakircook is a grill developed by Jordi Herrera of the Manairó restaurant in Barcelona. It is a structure made of stainless steel with rows of steel prongs forming a bed where meat and fish are cooked evenly and quickly, being cooked from the inside out in a way that avoids the loss of juices and nutrients.

Oxymoron Maker Oxymoron Maker by Andreu CarullaOriginal Source: Andreu Carulla for Rocambolesc

A made-to-measure machine for heating and sealing brioches filled with ice-cream and with various toppings.

Oxymoron MakerOriginal Source: Andreu Carulla for Rocambolesc

The brioche melts in the mouth with surprising contrasts of temperature and texture; quite an experience. Produced for Rocambolesc, the Roca brothers’ (Celler de Can Roca) ice creameries.

How the Oxymoron Maker worksAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

Cha-Chá. Ham standOriginal Source: The Original Cha-Chá

A portajamones or jamonero is a form of clamp fixed to a wooden stand, specifically designed to hold a leg of jamón serrano (Spanish cured ham) whilst it is sliced. The device originated in Spain.

Stainless steel, foldable ham stand that can amply accommodate an entire leg of cured ham. It incorporates a porcelain tray in the base that collects any fat that may be released when carving and which can later be used for serving the carved slices of cured ham.

Otto. Bottle rack Otto. Bottle rack by Ramírez i CarrilloOriginal Source: Delica

An irregularly-shaped bottle rack made of birch wood. It is the result of research into the modularity of irregular geometry, the need to create an infinitely modular shape and the question of how many bottles of wine can be stored in the home.

Otto. Bottle rackOriginal Source: Delica

With computer-generated geometry the wine rack can be used in various positions, balancing the weight of the wine with that of the rack itself to produce some unexpected movements.

Caviarera by Luki Huber, Ferran AdriàAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

The result of collaboration between Ferran Adrià and the Barcelona-based Swiss industrial designer Luki Huber. In this item, which resembles a can of caviar, spherical melon caviar was served in elBulli as an ironic little joke.

Food Printing. Impresión 3D para alimentos by Paco Morales, Luis Fraguada, José Ramón TramoyeresOriginal Source: GGLab, Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya IAAC

This printer is a new device for avant-garde cooks. It is a 3D printer capable of printing food. A toy with an appeal for all, homes, restaurants and all sectors of the food industry because it can even print organically-shaped edible plates.

Press it!!Original Source: Serra Quintana

A piece made from hornbeam wood for pressing and shaping sandwiches while they are still in the pan.

Press it!! Press it!! by Ernest PereraOriginal Source: Serra Quintana

One side has a regular pattern for even pressing and the other is marked in relief to imprint the triangular division of the sandwich.

Roca on Wheels Roca on Wheels by Andreu CarullaOriginal Source: El Celler de Can Roca

Roca on Wheels aims to rescue the dessert carts from the disuse to which they have been consigned by the contemporary kitchen. It is an interpretation of the Roca brothers' sweet cuisine, a wacky cart, straight from the fantastic world of the imagination.

Roca on Wheels by Roca BrothersAcción Cultural Española, AC/E

Minipimer MR1. Hand blenderOriginal Source: Pimer

The Minipimer hand blender is more than 50 years old. This practically indispensable cooking utensil was invented by Gabriel Lluelles for the Spanish company Pimer which later merged with Braun. It was the first hand-held blender designed and made in Spain. Its elegant and compact design were totally new. It weighed just two pounds and replaced previous models which weighed more than six and a half pounds. Millions of them were sold.

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Juli Capella

Digital Set up and Programming
Raquel Mesa (AC/E)

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