Guest Contribution by An Michiels
The art project Panpaati or 'Eating Design' by the Spanish artist and designer Enoc Armengol puts a smile on our face. It is 100% alive matter and 100% biodegradable and yes, it is made of bread! Armengol's installation can be seen as a reflection of our actual society. The product came to life through a fast production process and after a short lifespan it turns into almost ephemeral furniture.
Why would one decide to create everyday objects with bread? In Enoc Armengol's words: 'The bread represents a direct connection with nature. Using food is the most simple way to represent forms and to create something physically, similar to what Leonardo da Vinci and Dalí did in the past to create their prototypes or what children usually use to easily generate volumes to express their ideas.'
In his designs, Armengol experiments with and reinterprets tradition anticipating the near future, where he combines new recycled and sustainable materials with conscious designs inspired by nature.
Barcelona born Enoc Armengol is a young Spanish industrial designer with experience in product research and development, spatial design and other design disciplines that he combines with experimental art concepts.
At Virtra workshops in France, Armengol is proud to have been mentored by leading designers such as the Campana Brothers, Kaspar Salto and Aldo Cibic, for whom he experimented with recycled materials and designed environmental friendly furniture. He has worked at several well-known design studios in Barcelona, Milan and New York City. He has been invited to partake in design and art exhibitions and won several design awards, of which the ADI Medal, which he won in November 2009 is the most recent one. This award recognizes the best industrial design projects from new emerging Spanish designers.
You can watch a making-of video here: