Something very special is happening in Downtown Manhattan right now, as a collective of interior designers, a graphic designer, composer and Michelin starred chef take over a reclaimed space for the next 9 months, transforming it every 30 days into a breathtaking restaurant installation by the name of What Happens When, comprising sound, art, interiors and, of course very special menus.
Elle Kunnos de Voss and Nadia Tolstoy of New York design consultancy, The Metrics, will transform the space through each 30 day ‘movement’, whilst designer Emilie Baltza has created an abstract visual language, through which a new icon will represent each movement. The food is of course the centrepiece, and throughout the debut month chef John Fraser is serving a hearty, Nordic and Northern Germanic influenced menu, but things get seriously intriguing again with the inclusion of sound artist and curator Micah Silver in the collaborative project.
Presenting a two hour composition that includes recordings extracted from YouTube videos made at rural bonfires and the sound of orchestras warming up, Silver has conceived a unique aural environment throughout the entire space, surely a touch that’ll have even our own Mr. Blumenthal taking note…
Photography courtesy of Felix de Voss