Durat Palace table at the heart of the project
Designer Linda Bergroth was awarded the Sustainability Award for the Zero Waste Bistro at the Frame Awards Ceremony in 2019. The Sustainability Award recognizes design solutions that control the social, economical and environmental footprints of an interior or a spatial project.
The Zero Waste Bistro, presented by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, was a pop-up concept that took place during NYCxDESIGN at WantedDesign Manhattan in May 2018. A four-day laboratory of food and design was exhibited, built on themes of circular economy, new material innovations and sustainable design. The Zero Waste Bistro was co-curated by Harri Koskinen and Linda Bergroth and designed by Linda Bergroth.
"We aimed to create an eye-opener, a statement, a trigger for discussion on how critical it is to embrace sustainability in everything we do – how every design project should be about sustainability. We’re very excited about being recognized by Frame," says Kaarina Gould, Executive Director of the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.
The heart of the Zero Waste Bistro was the bespoke Durat Palace table which contains recycled plastics and is 100% recyclable, and on top of it the beautiful custom vases and tableware, all designed by Linda Bergroth.
At the Zero Waste Bistro Durat launched the inspiring Durat Palace collection designed by the agency MOST Collective. The exciting new collection combines the recycled content with luxurious natural colour pigments.
"Zero Waste Bistro was the perfect environment to launch our Durat Palace collection. The use of the natural pigments translates into a precious feeling rooted into something very real: our love for this planet. All with the motivation to create a sustainable and beautiful future,” says Kaori Pi from MOST Collective
Following the spirit of zero waste, all the materials used in the project were re-used. The walls were donated to Parsons School of Design and the wonderful Durat-table found a new home at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
"I was so thrilled to be recognized for a project like Zero Waste Bistro. It was a dream project to work on. I loved the challenge of having an uncompromising brief to design something that would truly be about the circular economy and bring something new to the language of sustainable design", says Linda Bergroth.