Christmas at No.42 at the Architecture Foundation
Straddling the ground somewhere between art installation, fantasy-world set design and festive pop-up eatery, Christmas at Number 42 is as out-there as it sounds.
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Cooked up by artist and set designer Tony Hornecker – a creative with editorial and commercial commissions for the likes of Stella McCartney under his belt –the venture opened its mismatched doors last week, within the event space of the Architecture Foundation.
The original concept for Hornecker’s surreal eatery has its roots in one of the designer’s earlier schemes - The Pale Blue Door pop-up restaurant – which came set within Hornecker’s East London home, and was an instant hit with the capital’s cognoscenti.
For Christmas at Number 42 it took Hornecker and his team a mere seven days to build their mini, fairytale fantasyland within the Foundation’s event space. Expanding across the span of the dollhouse-esque structure’s rooms, from the ground floor dining space through to the cosier upper-level bedroom attic - the restaurant even winds its way into the confines of the toilet.
The menu plays hearty classics such as beef stew and butternut squash risotto off against comforting takes on summer staples, including an Eton mess crumble – whilst avant garde performances from Russella and A Man To Pet should ensure boredom is avoided between dishes.
Very nearly booked out for its three-week Tooley Street stint, Christmas at Number 42 is an experience not to be missed; with art, architecture, gastronomy and high-camp festivity on offer - What’s not to like?