Spanish Design for Food & Wine

Spain’s culinary prowess is no secret. Both El Bulli and El Celler De Can Roca have occupied the prestigious number one spot in the World’s 50 best restaurants, with the likes of Mugaritz and Asador Etxebarri hot on their heels. Their ability to combine flavour, spectacle and design without losing sight of their traditional roots has helped to raise awareness of Spain as a culinary melting pot.

OTTO, by designer Ramirez i Carillo uses computer – generated geometry to create this modular wine rack.

OTTO, by designer Ramirez i Carillo uses computer – generated geometry to create this modular wine rack.

As a celebration of Spain’s contribution to contemporary food design, the Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) have commissioned a roving exhibition, TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food, showcasing over 200 objects that explore the relationship between food, design and science and how they’ve influenced eating habits and the cultural landscape of Spain.

Marti Guixe’s project, Embedded Drinks, infuses edible snacks with alcohol, harking back to an old Catalonian tradition that soaked bread in wine and sugar.

Marti Guixe’s project, Embedded Drinks, infuses edible snacks with alcohol, harking back to an old Catalonian tradition that soaked bread in wine and sugar.

Divided into four sections – Kitchen, Table, Food & Wine – the exhibition explores the evolution of traditional objects such as the Paella pan and the Porrón (a wine pitcher) alongside contemporary tools that have been designed for Ferran Adrià’s creations. It also delves into the impact leading food designers have had on food culture in Spain and the architecture of some of Spain's most celebrated wineries.  

Qumran is a winery in Castilla y León designed by architects Sandra Hernández + Álvaro Solís to work with the natural environment and different elevations found in the vineyard.

Qumran is a winery in Castilla y León designed by architects Sandra Hernández + Álvaro Solís to work with the natural environment and different elevations found in the vineyard.

The exhibit has toured major cities in America such as Washington and Miami, as well as cropping up in Tokyo, Korea and Toronto. To see all of the designs download the accompanying ebook to the exhibition here in Spanish and English.