Artist’s Palate: recipes by your favourite artists and designers

Artist’s Palate: recipes by your favourite artists and designers

Artists and designers serve up their prized dishes for our ongoing Artist’s Palate series, a delectable feast for the mouth as well as the eyes. From Cindy Sherman’s gnocchi to Karl Lagerfeld’s stuffed peppers and more, tuck into the Wallpaper* dining digest...

Almost five decades after he burst onto the fashion scene with Japanese-inspired, audaciously patterned textiles, Kenzo Takada continues to draw inspiration from his home country – last year festooning Roche Bobois’ ‘Mah Jong’ sofa in kimono-like jacquard patterns, and developing cushions and vases to match. Like the designer himself, his recipe is the pride of Japan. ‘I love miso soup,’ he declares. ‘It’s a mix of complexity and simplicity. It is easy to eat, and can accompany many foods, or simply be served with a bowl of rice.’ For the recipe, click here.

Pictured: archive print, from the Kenzo S/S86 menswear collection. ‘Krenit’ bowl (seen digitally enhanced), £30, by Herbert Krenchel, for Normann Copenhagen, from Skandium. Photography: John Short. Interiors: Matthew Morris. Food: Liam Baker. Writer: TF Chan

Kenzo Takada’s
Miso soup

The skies have a strong hold on the imagination of American artist Spencer Finch, who once hand-painted 2,983 squares of paper in varying shades of blue to approximate the colour of the heavens on the day the Twin Towers fell. A permanent fixture of New York’s 9/11 memorial, Trying To Remember the Color of the Sky on That September Morning is perhaps Finch’s most viewed artwork to date. However, that accolade may soon pass to A Cloud Index, a commission for the Crossrail station at London’s Paddington, to be unveiled in December 2018. A 120m-long glass canopy stretching above the concourse will be printed with cloud formations in the tradition of English landscape paintings. Like Finch’s contribution to our recipe series, it’s the perfect antidote for a dull wintry day. Of these cookies, which his great aunt Edna used to serve on Christmas Eve, Finch says, ‘They are not too sweet and not too chocolatey, but rich and wonderful.’ For the recipe, click here.

Pictured: ‘Tangram’ crystal bowls, price on request, by Jan Čtvrtník, for Moser. ‘Pietra di Vals Grigio’ tiles, price on request, by Marazzi. Photography: John Short. Interiors: Olly Mason. Food: Peta O’Brien. Writer: TF Chan

Spencer Finch’s
Almond chocolate cookies

In the two decades since she won the Turner Prize, Gillian Wearing has placed family at the heart of her work, such as her series of self-portraits in which she dons eerily realistic silicone masks resembling her own relations. So it comes as no surprise that Wearing has selected a hearty family dish for us. ‘My favourite dinner when I was a child was my mother’s vegetable soup,’ she says. The original recipe called for lamb, but having been vegetarian for many years, she finds this meat-free variation ‘fills that nostalgic food gap’. For the recipe, click here.

Pictured: concrete bowl, £114 for set of three, by Stephan Schulz, for Helena Leba Softes, from Twentytwentyone. ‘Rundes Modell’ spoon, £126 for set of six, by Josef Hoffmann, for Alessi. ‘Bahama CS’ fabric, £102 per m, by Nya Nordiska. Photography: John Short. Food: Iain Graham. Writer: TF Chan

Gillian Wearing’s
Lentil, potato and leek soup

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