Gastronomic Design Festival

A summer programme that moves between different disciplines focusing on our food culture. We present our first set of events that will activate our minds and senses, discovering how artistic strategies contribute to the discussion of the politics of food.

What does our food heritage look like and what is its significance in a time when our city becomes more diverse? Food can often be the first step into a culture and by working in collaboration with various designers, artists and chefs, we’ve arranged a festival that eats through different cultures.

Together we will discuss the politics of food and ask questions of how artistic strategies can contribute to the discussion of cultural heritage, migration and the political dimension of gastronomy. But mainly it’s all about having fun and eating good food!


May 10 — Dinner by Aydin & Vargö for invited guests from Invitationsdepartementet.

May 24 — ’Babette’s Feast’, Film screening & Food at Dome of Visions. Tickets:

June tba — IRL, a storytelling event by HEXprocessen and an edible ice installation by Francesca Lusuardi at Brännkyrkagatan 13.

June tba — Garlic, a tasting experience by Denisa Kollarová and Nina Fránková. Location tba.

July 1 — New Cuisine, a workshop and talk at Hötorgsterassen with Ayhan Aydin, Matinstitutet and Roos Juten.

All you need to know

Tickets to our first event, a film screening on May 24th, are out now! Tickets to the rest of the programme will be released shortly.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to email us at

Supported by Stockholms stad.

*Image: Babette’s Feast from Curzon Artificial Eye.


Taste Shop

Underverk presented a set of five dinners consisting of food and sensorial interactions to encourage thought-provoking conversations in collaboration with Deriva Paper and meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin.

How do we create a more diverse city by examining taste, smell and textures? The design and art platform Underverk teamed up with meal ecologist Ayhan Aydin and Deriva Paper to create a set of five immersive dinners that explored ingredients through the city of Stockholm. From August 25 – September 3 Taste Shop took over a container on Hötorgsterassen with the aim to create a new type of eating experience using all our senses.

“When spending a lot of time exploring the texture and taste of crops, you start to understand how much the cultivation process matters,” Ayhan Aydin says. “In order to get a more complex and alive food culture, the biological diversity is key. A carrot does not just have one type of flavour, there are variations, sometimes so small you hardly notice it. But if you give enough attention to it, you will start to appreciate it.”

While Ayhan Aydin was busy foraging wild bird cherry flowers in Fittja together with experience designer Josefin Vargö, trend analyst Jonna Dagliden Hunt has called for more conversations around the future of food, and editor of Deriva Paper, Helena Öhman, wandered the streets of Sibirien and Hötorget trying to find new ways of exploring the city through our senses. The result? Taste Shop – Dinners!

For each course we revealed the ingredients of the menu after the dinner was over. We did this in order to make the guests focus on the tastes, smells and textures of what they ate. Instead we presented each course by narrating them through a taste journey of three areas in Stockholm; Fittja, Hötorget and Sibirien.

Thanks to Vasakronan!

Photography: Christopher Hunt


Design Week 2016

During Stockholm’s Design Week 9—14 February, Underverk collaborated with experience designer Pomme van Hoof and presented KIOSK, a one-week programme showcasing different projects every day of the week by artists and designers who work with so called “intangibles”.

You may find yourself thinking, “what is this place?”, as KIOSK offered something new every day of the week. People were encouraged to stop by and find out for themselves. To look, listen, touch, wonder, taste, and talk to us.

Opening times:

Tuesday — Friday 12:00-14:00, 17:00-19:00
Saturday — Sunday 14:00-18:00

KIOSK projects:

We noticed that the shift from a more industrial and product based design to the more critical, social oriented and experience based design is something still underrepresented in Stockholm, especially during the Design Week. Three years ago Underverk took it as a challenge to fill the void and started to present alternative design meetings during the design week. With this year’s collaboration and initiative; KIOSK, broadened the general understanding of the field of Experience Design and gave it a place alongside the more traditional categories in which the public has understood design to be for a long time.

The presented projects initiated a conversation around the role of design. They lifted you up from a familiar situation (going to your local kiosk) to one that sparked the imagination of how things can be. They dealt with pushing the threshold of everyday habits and alter existing perceptions, the mundane, the stimulation of new ideas and the act of getting people out of their comfort zones.

A selected group of talented artists and designers took over the kiosk for one day of the week, transforming it into an installation, a happening, an agency, a ritual, a starting point, a place for trade or whatever they chose it to be. The projects all told different stories, and played with the perception of our five senses.

KIOSK programme:

Tuesday 9
Ayhan Aydin and Josefin Vargö: Taste the Change of Frequencies

Wednesday 10
Present-Futures: Future Fortunes’ – Planning For Chance

Thursday 11
Lundahl and Seitl: My Voice Shall Now Come From the Other Side of the Room
(an individual 20 minute experience, book in advance by emailing

Friday 12
Pomme van Hoof and Josefin Vargö with Woodstockholm: Talking Taste

Saturday 13
Angela Woda: Intangible Realty

Sunday 14
Tove Skeidsvoll: The Peripheral Project

Image: Graphic design by Ateljé Andrejs Ljunggren

Photos: Lisa Irvall


Underverk in Belgrade

I’ll be working from co-working space Nova Iskra in Belgrade, Serbia for the next two months. Besides working on our new website, Jonna and I are planning our next upcoming events and a program for Stockholm Design Week 2016. So stay tuned for that.
Send me a message if you’re in Belgrade and want to say hi!

Photo from Nova Iskra

A Protective Garlic Ritual ● June 18

On Sunday June 18, we invite you to a garlic ritual. Come taste the power of garlic and protect yourself from trolls.

During a one week residency in Stockholm, Ancient Acrobatics and Underverk will weave together past and present garlic stories, mythologies, superstitions and facts into a new cleansing ritual, to protect you from todays trolls.

The protective cleansing ritual includes garlic tasting and an introduction to a collection of protective garlic amulets. It costs 100kr and you can book your spot by emailing

June 18 16:00-18:00 100kr Show on map
Babette’s Feast ● 24 May

As part of Underverk’s Gastronomic Design Festival we present a screening of Oscar-winning ‘Babette’s Feast’ (1987). A Danish film drama by Gabriel Axel, based on the story by Karen Blixen. The film is paired with food and drinks designed by the gastronomic design duo Aydin & Vargö.

The festival is a summer program that moves between different disciplines focusing on our food culture. We present a set of events that activate our minds and senses to discover how artistic strategies contribute to the discussion of the politics of food.


The food and drink (non-alcoholic) menu is served during and after the film. The ticket includes entrance, food and drinks at the cost of 300 SEK. The dinner is suitable for vegans. Report allergies to

Doors open at 18:30 and the screening starts at 19:00. The film is 108 minutes long. Food will also be served after the film.

FYI: If you are having troubles buying your tickets through the event site, it’s also possible to email to book a spot, swish the ticket amount 300kr to 0736795410 and we’ll send you a receipt.

Supported by Stockholms stad.

*Image from Curzon Artificial Eye

24 May 18:30 – 21:30 300kr Show on map
IRL ● 8 Feb