Mobile Hospitality: An Instant Cafe on Wheels
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In an effort to reestablish public spaces as centers of social—as well as commercial—exchange, an Austrian design team conceived of a mobile kitchen that literally stops busy urbanites in their tracks. In "the olden days," the town square or marketplace was not only a commercial space but also communal gathering spot, where neighbors and traders exchanged news over a drink or a meal. Mobile Hospitality , a project by Anna Rosinke and Maciej Chmara, seeks to resurrect this concept of public space as community center, through a combination of delectable design and delicious food. Wheeling their pop-up cafe to various locals throughout Austria, the design duo invited curious passersby to shed a bit of modern anonymity by engaging in a spontaneous, communal interaction over a shared repast. Discovered via Ignant . Photography by Chmara Rosinke . Above: Mobile Hospitality's simple scheme has a deliberate DIY feel, designed to make it accessible and inviting. Above: Design on the go: Mobile Hospitality completely folds into two compact wheelbarrow-like units. Above: Fully unfolded, the pop-up cafe provides a full-fledged kitchen with ample dining area. Above: Simplicity in form and function: the clean lines and surfaces of the kitchen are both visually appealing and practical. Above: Handy racks and hooks can be used for easy storage. There's even a spot for fresh herbs. Above: Mobile Hospitality on location. For custom-order information, contact Chmara.Rosinke .