Portfolio Alert: Mette Creates

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Above: Project 1 ‘Outcrop’ tile for Urban Kitchen Life Project

Portfolio Alert is a new feature at Despoke. We will be taking you on a whistlestop tour of the portfolios we recommend you see. Second in the line up is Mette Creates, the multidisciplinary creative duo creating concepts for products and environments, with a particular focus on the foodie. We love the Outcrop tile currently in development. With home-growing and food provenance key to a sustainable, healthy lifestyle, the tile, inspired by plant growth and survival in cliff sides and craggy landscapes, explores the use of vertical space in compact urban kitchens. With a nod to nature’s resilience in the city by slipping between standard Metro tiles, it introduces an occasional burst of life, through rockface-inspired geometric pockets of herbs, leaves and cress.


Above: Project 2 – ‘Split’ cushion range for Urban Kitchen Life Project

The beginnings of a homewares range to accompany Chop & Change in the Urban Kitchen Life project, where food, design and daily life collide in one fantastic open-plan space. The ‘Split’ cushions shown are warehouse-inspired, referencing the angled shafts of light splitting the shadows and streaming through tall, dusty windows – handmade, mixing sunny yellow linen, silt-coloured velvet, soft grey cotton and dark blue twill. In development.


Above: Project 3 – Farm Kitchen for 100% Design

100% Design approached Mette to create their 2013 Farm Kitchen feature installation, which involved the designers creating and curating an inspirational social space to explore the integration of micro-agriculture into interior design. With the inclusion of a 100 seater restaurant, where eating food marked the end of the farming process, and a variety of growing methods and products displaying the beginning of it – they presented a journey through micro-agriculture in 3 stages; Cultivate (light, irrigation, space), Convert (cooking and preserving) and Enjoy (eating). Sponsorship came from Gaggenau for the show and featured other leading brands such as Dornbracht alongside up-and-coming brands such as Bulbo, Modern Sprout, Flip & Tumble, Auxano, ConcreteWall by Tom Haga and Back to the Roots. The project featured as one of Icon’s Top 3 Highlights of 100% Design.


Above: Project 3 – Farm Kitchen for 100% Design

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Above: Project 4 – Brewbot for Cargo

Smart-product developers, Cargo, approached Mette to develop the physical aspect of their smartphone-controlled homebrew kit concept, Brewbot. Following an indepth concept development and creative direction process, they began to give Brewbot form, structure and improved function, paving the way to production and the marketplace by designing a working prototype with consumer appeal. The design helped Cargo raise £100,000 of investment for the next phase of development. Exposure followed which included numerous features in the press including Wallpaper*’s October Food News: Editor’s Picks, as well as a plethora of leading design/technology blogs and magazines.


Above: Brewbot for Cargo


Above: Brewbot for Cargo

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Above: Brewbot for Cargo

Location product photography (2nd part) of Chop and Change by Mette Creates.

Above: Project 5 – Chop & Change

Chop & Change is a series of modular kitchen workbenches designed for people who are inspired by a little bit of everything and enjoy telling their personal story through the objects they choose to surround themselves with. Mixing colours, textures, patterns and materials, Mette created visually striking, storyful configurations to help form an expression of individuality, that can gently evolve over time. Their first standalone product range has been featured by numerous leading design publications including Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens and Elle Decoration, and showcased twice as a featured product at 100% Design. Handmade to order by a considered collective of UK craftspeople, Chop & Change will grow and evolve ever more beautifully in the realms of food, fashion and design.

To find out more or commission the designer visit: http: www.mettecreates.com

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