Hanne Kari Ravndal
Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen (KHiB)
Fruitful is a project about renewing the school kitchen in lower secondary schools in Norway. There is a big need for a more holistic and comprehensive plan to teach children about nature, resources and cooking. Young people today do not learn even the most basic of cooking skills and have little or no knowledge of where the food comes from. We have lost touch with nature’s produce and consume food from plastic bags. Using resources to inject life into the school kitchen, students gain a better knowledge of raw materials, become more independent in the kitchen and get great experiences when preparing and eating food. The school kitchen interacts pupils in a very different way than in a regular classroom. This project utilizes and reinforces this by facilitating collaboration and social meals. By rethinking the design of school kitchens, and by including a greenhouse and a vegetable garden the subject will get the place it deserves. The kitchen is open – planned with room for the pupils to cooperate and to learn from each other, this way cooking becomes a fun social activity. By placing a greenhouse just outside the kitchen you get a closer connection and a better understanding of how the two things are connected. The vegetable garden, which is situated on the rooftop, serves as an extra classroom to be used in the subjects taught relating to nature and science, food and health, mathematics and English. This project put a great emphasis on the meal and eating together. The furniture used in the kitchens should show the same qualities as the rest, and be a part of the same traditions. They are made out of solid wood, and are supposed to be made out of trees that have a connection to food production, such as apple, cherry and pear trees. Torp, the dining chair has a round backrest made out of walnut, light legs made of oak and an upholstered seat with wool fabric that can be taken off for cleaning. The chair is inviting and gives the user its private space while eating. The dining table, Tun, has a sturdy tabletop made of walnut on top of legs of oak. It can stand by its own or next to each other. The reason for using two types of wood and old traditional joints is to emphasise the joints, and this makes for an understanding of how the furniture is composed.