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We are telling the story of “mobile hospitality�.

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DMY Award Berlin winner 2012 Neue Wiener Werkst채tten Award winner 2012 Outstanding Artist Award Auszeichnung 2012 Currently chmara.rosinke are in the finals of the Prix Emilie Hermes Design award, one the most renowned design awards worldwide.

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Besides the interventions in different European cities, mobile hospitality was exhibited in Bauhaus Archiv Berlin MAK (museum of applied contempory Arts) Vienna Satelite, Milano Design Week Merci, maison et objet Paris Gallery Klaus Engelhorn Vienna Hofmobiliendepot (national furniture collection Austria) IHM Munich Lodz Design Festival Gallery BB, Krakow Bratislava Design Week Lodz Design Week DMY Berlin Blickfang Stuttgart Art Design Feldkirch ...

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Now we are heading to New York, so please take a minute to read about our project.

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The people of Poland focus on, and are very proud of, their philosophy of hospitality.  Google ‘Polish hospitality’ and you will find endless examples.  Everyone raised in Poland and educated by their Polish families inherits these strict traditions of hospitality. What happens, though, when you travel to a place where you cannot expect hospitality - to a place where you know no one?  You cannot simply invite yourself into someone’s home, and there are many places in Europe known more for their emotional distance and skepticism toward strangers than for their ability to make new friends.

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In 2011 we were invited by ArtDesign Feldkirch to create a happening in urban space. Since we are not people who wish to provoke others in a negative way (something you should just not do as a visitor to another country anyway), we wished to show our philosophy of hospitality to the people of Vorarlberg in a positive way and provoke them into participating in urban life.  The motive on which this work was based was the question of the use of urban space. The project Mobile Hospitality (Mobile Gastfreundschaft) pays particular attention to an important aspect of our design work:  responsibility and self-initiative in public space.  As a space, the city play a difficult role.

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On one hand, it does not belong to anyone; on the other hand it belongs to all but is merely used by citizens actively, as in former times. It has, for the most part, become simply background for our everyday activities.  Responsibility for this space, for most people, stops at their garden fence or at the threshold of their front door.  Our project Mobile Hospitality begins here. With our mobile kitchen, table and folding stools, we drove from place to place to set everything up and spontaneously cook for - and be joined by - strangers passing by.  At our big table, design meets delight and generates extraordinary opportunities to get to know each other. The formal language of each object is kept very clear and deals consciously with DIY aesthetics.  All the objects are made from wood, with simple additional functions added such as a foot pump for running water and planting pots for spices.

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An important aim for our design process was to bring a smile to the faces of those passing by and to communicate through very basic means the sensuality and delight of food culture. The project, in the form of a happening, took place in 2011 in Dornbirn, Bregenz, Feldkirch and Valduz and was supported by Art Design Feldkirch. Â In 2012 and 2013 the project went to Belrin, Lodz, Gdynia, paris, Milan, Stuttgart, Vienna, Munich . . . and many other cities.

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The function of the objects dominate the objects - we add only small formal accents while keeping clean and understandable lines for aesthetic appearance. Every piece is foldable, modular and mobile.  For simplified transportation, every object - and this means one mobile kitchen, one table and up to 12 stools - fits on only one EUR transportation pallet.  This unique aspect made it possible for us to travel through the whole of Europe with “mobile hospitality.” Since we were cooking in most of Europe’s largest cities, and after our trip to the United States last summer, we are convinced that New York is the next place we should present our intervention. With the great support of friends we got a studio at the BUTLER STREET DOGHOUSE New York in Brooklyn, we will build a complete Mobile Hospitality US edition.

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The aesthetics will certainly change slightly in the US compared to the European version since we will use materials from the US DIY stores. The objects will be completed by the end of April or beginning of May, at which point we will begin to drive around and cook with the objects in New York and the surrounding areas. And what about our food?  We usually serve 3 dishes to 10 guests.  These spontaneous guests then take a time out from their daily, busy life to spend 2 or 3 hours with strangers to whom they normally would not even say hello on the street.  The dishes we prepare are organic and regional, inspired by Polish or Austrian kitchens, and we are sometimes assisted by invited guests cooks.

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Please visit our homepage www.crcd.at to see more pictures, a cookbook we made from the experience, and a movie about the project.

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Mobile hospitality booklet  

Project booklet of "mobile hospitality" by chmara.rosinke. www.chmararosinke.com

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