portfolio: eating architecture #02

architecture and landscapes is one of our most favorite themes. in 2011 we have created two eat’inspirations in which architecture is the inspirational concept: eat’in architects and eat’in bauhaus. this year we have explored a new selection of architectural projects.

the created dishes are not only based upon shape and appearance of the building. also the philosophy and the concept of the architect(s) are taken into consideration in our choice of presentation, form, ingredients, taste, etc. etc.

  • monumental is an interpretation of byzantium near the vondelpark of amsterdam and  designed by rem koolhaas. the dish is a reflection on the materialization and the penthouse, originally planned to be a sky bar accessible to the public via a glass elevator.
  • storage is inspired by the first and renewed function of the maritime museum amsterdam and the beautiful glass roofing; a result of the recent and major refurbishment. initially the building is an arsenal, later it became a “storage” for dutch maritime heritage. its original design is by daniel stalpaert. the master plan of the recent renovation is the work of liesbeth van der pol. in this dish the golden and 21st century meet.
  • material is about the story of betondorp (concrete village) by dick greiner. betondorp is a neighbourhood in the east part of Amsterdam. the district is designed as a garden village and is an experiment with concrete. as after world war I red bricks are scarce and expensive and after the war period there was need for low-cost housing.
  • royal given the recent inauguration we created  a free interpretation of the royal palace at dam square. originally the 1st town hall of amsterdam designed by jacob van campen and an example of dutch classicism. in the dish regality, orange, and a juwel of a classic grain meet.
  • destination unknown. this dish refers to the award-winning project vacant.nl by rietveld landscape. this office created an installation showcasing all vacant public buildings in the netherlands and give some ideas for new functions. the project was designed for the dutch pavilion of the venice biennale. we have designed a small plan of empty spaces for our guests, and introduce some novel flavour combinations.

furthermore, we had planned to create a 24 hours eating installation at the day of the architecture (june 23, 2013), but the necessary permits were not granted. next year, new chances.


july 5-27, 2013: the taste of dutch fashion design in 5 dishes

poster fashion matters? edible dress of rhubarb fabric.

ever had a catwalk on your dinnerplate? in july 2013 you can experience spoons full of fashion at de culinaire werkplaats, as we created the eat’inspiration fashion.matters? a dinner special which is a tribute to dutch fashion design in 5 dishes.

eatinspiration fashion matters.

  • the fashion designers. we have selected the following 5 dutch fashion designers. you can will taste the unique view of viktor & rolf, the poetic use of materials of jan taminiau, the innovative approach of iris van herpen, the seemingly anti-fashion approach of bas kosters and the pronounced motives of spijkers & spijkers.
  • the interpretation. at the moment we are in the process of research. we are exploring the philosophy and works of the selected designers. not only form,  also the taste, the choice of ingredients, textures, colour and pairings are important aspects.
  • design issues. but… as the inspirational concept fashion matters? suggests, we will also pay attention to various  design issues while creating this eatinspiration.
  • food & fashion. are inextricably linked. since our first highly successful food = fashion project taste the unwearables in juli 2009 it  is already the 8th time we present an inspirational dinner special and an installation inspired by fashion.

the practical details meer…


juli 6-7, 2013: eatpatterns s/2014, a 2 days only installation

fashion & food & future linked as never before.

eat.patterns s/2014: a 2 days only installation. specially created for amsterdam fashion weekend.

when. july 6-7, 2013; open from 10.00 – 01.00 hours

where. amsterdam marriott hotel, stadhouderskade 12, 1054 es amsterdam.

matching cocktails. as the installation is displayed at the entrance of the bar of the amsterdam marriott we have created together with the marriott hotel -for this weekend only- 5 matching cocktails inspired by the patterns of the fabrics.

the project. eat.patterns s/2014 is a colour and texture forecast for fashion fabrics s/2014 and beyond … in which food & fashion meet. the forecast is visualized by 5 conceptual, cradle to cradle dress silhouettes made out of edible vegetables and fruit fabrics.

the patterns of the edible fabrics are reflections of 5 important global trends which are becoming more and more visible in the various domains of life. the selected trends are transparent, in progress, origin, blend, and last but certainly not least basic.

food equals fashion. the installation eat.patterns s/2014 is not only a forecast for fashion & food, but also unites food, fashion and identity. furthermore, the work questions the temporality of fashion and food. the project is an exploration of the premiss: food = fashion. we have a motto: food equals fashion. we believe that what you eat tells a story as personal as the one that is revealed by the clothings you wear.

eat’inspiration fashion.matters? in july 2013 -on fridays and saturdays only- you can enjoy at our own venue the eatinspiration fashion matters? a tribute to dutch fashion design in a 5 course dinner special.


may 24 – june 29, 2013: taste dutch architecture

flyer vitelotte noir in the shape of eye museum

are you interested in architecture or design? in that case our eat’inspiration eating architects is a must for you. you can do amsterdam in 5 dishes.

we offer you the opportunity to have a bite of one of the recently renovated amsterdam museums and experience the golden age meeting the 21st century, and what do you think of a portion of the royal palace of amsterdam on your dinnerplate? or do you prefer more modern monumental design like the byzantium next to the vondelpark designed by rem koolhaas? or are you more interested in expermental materialization? then you’ll like our interpretation of betondorp, an amsterdam neighbourhood known for its white concrete. or is ‘destiny unknown’ our interpretation of a very special and awarded project by rietveld landscape, an amsterdam based studio, more your cup of tea?

for the eatinspiration eating architects we have selected 5 projects, mainly situated in amsterdam, or the project is from amsterdam based architects. we try to capture the interpretation of the philosopy of the architect and the project in 5 dishes.

the practical details meer…


onderhanden werk: give peas a chance #03

give peas a chance #03 by de culinaire werkplaats amsterdam

this image symbolizes the start of our 3rd GIVE PEAS A CHANCE project, a call for more vegetables on the dinnerplate.

the ingredients of project #00 in 2010 were an army tank, the song ‘give peace a chance‘ by john lennon,  green peas soup, a bunch of intends and the festival rollende keuken (festival for mobile kitchens/food trucks).

tbe 2nd project (2011) was about ‘talents by nature; the ingredients: soup-to-go containers with enthousiastic young pea sprouts for your salad.

at this very moment we are working on our 3rd project with these beautiful naturals. to be continued.


a sneak peek of eating architects.

vitelotte noir, gold, asparagus

on june 5th we had a photoshoot for our book to be. to our surprise we had some time and daylight left. so we decided to capture already one of the dishes of the eatinspiration eating architects. here a detail of byzantium, an eat.cocktail and the starter of eating architects.


portfolio: blooming

vrije impressie van 't gerechtje bloei.

after a long, dark and cold period we thought it was time for some spring in the air. so …. we sowed various beans and peas. their enthusiastic growth inspired us to explore the concept of growth and so the eatinspiration blooming saw the light.

you can distinquish various types of growth. most people think in terms of quantitative growth only, like exponential growth. but … growth can also refer to intrinsic growth or to the rhythm of growth, like organic growth. furthermore, growth refers to a number of phases.

to come to full bloom you need a nutricious breeding soil. but also the time and context to determine whether someone or something may come to its full potential. the phenomenon of growth and prosperity is not limited to plants. also organizations, people, societies, insights, ideas, etc. develop, grow and prosper in all kinds of ways.

we have randomly selected 5 types of growth. these five different types of growth we have explored and translated into ingredients, preparation, form, etc. our selected growth modes are: rampant growth, circle, blooming, crystallizing, and symbiosis.

by the way, the photo does not represent a dish from the eat’inspiration blooming, but is a free impression by marjolein after exploring the concept of blooming.


Thank you for visiting us!

Unfortunately De Culinaire Werkplaats is closed permanently.

Sometime next year we will be publishing a book about this unique place.

 eric meursing