17.12.2011 21.Kislev. 5772 Wajeshew
Antto Melasniemi started out as a restaurateur in Finland, became a culinary designer and is coming here next week to build a solar kitchen at the Dead Sea. Food is much more than something to eat, he says.
The rumor spread among the visitors at last year's London Design Festival. Everyone was talking about an industrial space on the east side of the city that had been converted into a restaurant, called Hel Yes!, that served traditional Finnish food. The place's interior design was based on traditional meeting places where nomads who roamed the icy Baltic Sea between Finland and Estonia would gather in ancient times. The utensils and textiles at the eatery were all of Finnish design. All the plates were different and had been collected during a series of meals in Helsinki, where all the invitees were asked to bring their old Iittala (a familiar Finnish brand ) dishes and trade it for new ones – in return for telling the story behind each plate.
Antto Melasniemi, a 36-year-old Helsinki native, and the chef and concept designer of Hel Yes!, says, "I thought it would be nice to create a total experience," he says. "A place where you can touch the objects in a certain space, where you can use them and not just look at them."…