During the next week or so we will finalize the design, the writing and the editing of the cookbook from Camillo’s Kitchen. Then we’ll send it off to the printing house – and cross what ever we have that everything will work out in the best way. Launch and tour dates to be announced very soon. The Lower East team behind and the photographer Malthe Ivarsson are looking very, very much forward.
Here’s a sneak peak from the finishing of the book; checking photos, creating illustrations, hand-drawing the last two letters (y and æ), writing, editing and proof reading.
Even a very beautiful poster with the most common fish will be produced, illustrated by the fabulous Juliana Toro – including the names of the different fish in four languages.
Please, keep hanging on here at the blog for more info.Dinners in the Lower East Lab
We do dinners in the lab! We just love to do that. Now and then, then and again, Camillo’s (pop up) Kitchen pops up with either Camillo’s Cafeteria or Camillo’s Paladar.
We also love to do all the other good stuff in our lab; the graphic design, the workshops, the talks, the meetings – and the quiet, creative days.
Last Friday it was time for Camillo’s Paladar (paladar is a term stolen from Havanna, Cuba, where the only good food you can get is in the half-private, family-run restaurants called Paladars). It turned out to be a lovely, very cosy evening with 18 guests (berliners of many kinds, danes and swiss flying and training in), all smiling, eating, talking, drinking, laughing, having a good time. The menu was a six course homage to the french cuisine – paired with just excellent german wines.
Among our guests, suddenly a brilliant photographer got inspired and popped up – the next day we got almost 100 wonderful, evocative and intense photos in our mailbox. Thank you so much to the photographer, Martin Studer from Switzerland. Here you can see a small and delicate selection of his photos.
What’s going on in the lab?
What’s going on in the Lower East Lab? These mid of July days are somehow calm. We are still working on 3-4 graphic design projects and trying to finish stuff by the end of the week – and we are getting closer and closer to a long-awaited holiday break.
We are really, really happy with our lab here in Berlin! The last 2-3 months we have had so many sweet, cool, funny, talented, interesting and interested people in the lab, for many different reasons and purposes. Thanks for that!
Just to mention some of the arrangements and events that has happened in the Lower East Lab:
• in May we had 15 architects from the Danish company, Mejeriet, on an Urban Safari – cruising Berlin on bikes with us, getting inspired and checking out “transformations“ in this wonderful city. The group of architects finished the evening, co-creating with us a delicious dinner, Camillo’s Paladar, in the lab.
• also in May we arranged a day-long Food Safari, for a group of (around 20) students, studying global nutrition and health at the Copenhagen-based school Metropol. After a introduction in the lab, we met with people, checked out new and inspiring food projects, visited food markets and tested delicious stuff ’unterwegs’. All day on bikes, daring to end the day with a tasting of german white wines…
• later in May we had an even larger group in the lab, attending Hack the City to discuss THE FUTURE OF WORK. The workshop was arranged by the Swedish city of Sundbyberg and was facilitated by the Stockholm-and-Malmö based innovation company Shuhuu.
• we have our monthly dinner in the lab; Camillo’s Cafeteria, where up to 20 people from the Berlin ’international scene’ show up, meet, talk, eat and drink a glass of wine (or two). We will be back with the cafeterias from August on. We also held three successful Camillo’s Chef’s Table, private dinnners in the lab during the spring.
• we managed to include a gastro teambuilding in the program; a group of 9 leaders from a pension fund showed up in the lab and under guidance from Chef Camillo, the group created a three course lunch dinner with three house favorites; potato-rosemary pizza, white asparagus and a asparagus-leeks-parmesan risotto. The process and teambuilding went very well. The food was delicious and the atmosphere fantastic.
• in June, a group of KaosPilot students from Switzerland joined our two day Urban Safari Berlin. On bikes, we checked out the inspiring start-up scene in the city, met and talked with creative and lively people. During the safari days the lab worked as a ’class room’ for sharing and reflecting. The safari turned out as planned and was very succesful. We are really happy with our urban safari concept!
• besides all this, we have managed to do a lot of good work during spring with our main ’thing’; the graphic design and communication. With great help from two trainees, Casper from Denmark and Amanda from Sweden, we, among other things, designed a book for Glasmuseum Ebeltoft, a brand new website for another art client – Hempel Glasmuseum, a visual identity for a swiss consultant, a series of posters for the KaosPilots Switzerland, a new website for a Berlin client – a big old factory which has developed into a cultural art and event space, one for a Swiss client and right now deeply in the design process with a new book for a Danish client, the book will come out this autumn.
Have a fantastic summer out there!
Impressions from the lab life:
Impressions from the Lower East Lab
A stack of pictures from the Lower East Lab from a sunny Tuesday in February.
The lab is really a thrill as a design studio on a quiet, concentrated and cosy working day, and for a hectic and noisy one as well. Last week we had a big dinner, more than 20 people had a joyful Wednesday evening in Camillo’s Cafeteria, with food, wine and the good talks. Next week a group from Switzerland will join the creative forces here in Berlin, transform the lab into a creative learning space and work on their “new business“.
A lot of stuff is going on right now, and you are very welcome to come by, if you want to enjoy the lab for real.
Our place is very suitable for creative meetings, a workshop, co-working for some days, good talks, for coffee-drinking and a lot more.Camillo’s Kitchen
“Artist in Residence“. Sounds good, right? The City of Stockholm, Sweden has been so kind to give Lower East a stay in “Villa Bergshyddan“, a cosy looking house at the waterfront in Stockholm. From May 12 to May 18 we will be working very concentrated on the writing and the designing of the cookbook “Camillos Køkken – mad der får folk til at tale sammen“ (“Camillo’s Kitchen – food that make people talk together“).
The books front page is more or less finished – and some weeks ago we where in Firenze and Bologna, Italy to write, get inspired and take more photos for the book. See examples below.