food futures

Food Futures - How Design and Technology can Reshape our Food System. 

Cover Food Futures

Cover Food Futures

In Vitro Me - chapter 5

In Vitro Me - chapter 5

Strooop! - chapter 3

Strooop! - chapter 3

In May I wasn't sure the book was ever going to be finished... I was still looking for an editor, illustrator, had not yet found a publisher and was staring at blank pages a lot. Now, four months later I'm really happy and proud to say that I finished my first book! It was not always fun and definitely not easy, but I'm glad I was too stubborn to simply give up. Once I said I was going to make a book, I was determined to finish what I started. I guess it's true what they say "You can do anything you set your mind to". 

We often search a long time for the perfect something or someone, while it turns out to be sitting right in front of you the entire time. Ruben Baart edited the book and Lisa den Teuling made the art work. Together we worked really hard over the past few months to finish the book just in time for it to be launched before the Dutch Design Week. The book is being printed at this moment. Can’t wait to see the first sample! 

An official invitation will follow by BIS Publishers, but in case you would already like to save the date, the book launch will be October 12th, 20:00 - 22:30, at TAC (Temporary Art Centre) Eindhoven. Including an exposition of the book illustrations by Lisa den Teuling, live music and interesting bites by Min Young Korean Food Lab. 

The book will be available in the Netherlands from October 2018, worldwide availability beginning of 2019.  

About the book:
Food Futures is a collection of speculative scenarios that investigate and explore the uncharted possibilities associated with food technologies, and how we can harness these technologies to make our food more efficient, healthy and sustainable. Richly illustrated and vividly narrated from personal experiences, this book contains six chapters—each complemented by stimulating questions, anecdotes and thoughts— designed to work up your appetite. Because “learning by doing” yields better results than passive reading, each chapter contains DIY experiments or recipes which will allow you to experience the food futures at your fingertips!

• Recipe for three conceptual future food dishes
• Recipe for mouse liver parfait bonbons and vegetable stroopwafels
• Instructions for DIY cultured meat

Food Futures is a book for our time, and for the years to come. It inspires us to explore the unexpected places innovation will take us if we combine the rigor of scientific inquiry with the reflective nature of art. Chloé’s work asks each of us to think beyond what we know today, to imagine what might be tomorrow. Food Futures chronicles her journey and offers a guide to future food design from the perspective of a visionary practitioner. This book is an important read for anyone interested in food innovation and food systems change.
— Rebecca Chesney

Rebecca Chesney | Innovation expert and former Research Director at the Food Futures Lab at the Institute for the Future.

"You've got to have a little rain to make a rainbow"

When you're so passionate about your work that everything else has less priority - and flourish in a routine with high peaks and steep valleys - you often forget that you're not a machine. 

At the end of last year I really needed to slow down and let my body and mind rest. Which is easier said than done. Although the end of December and the beginning of a new year are probably the best time to take it easy, as many people are in a start-up phase or undergoing a slight winter depression themselves. So, until halfway April that's what I did for most of the time - I spend a lot of hours wandering through the woods, spending time with friends and family, taking Salsa dancing classes and shamelessly allowing myself to binge watch series on Netflix. Surprisingly, the amount of requests, assignments and emails was very low during those months. As if some kind of force knew that I was off-line for a while. 

With renewed energy and a happy self, many great things happened in the months after throughout March, May and June; 
- I was invited by the Dutch Embassy in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to give a lecture at festival Path
- I gave a lecture at Fifteen Seconds Festival in Graz, Austria. 
- I was nominated for a Young Imapact Award
- I visited the Here Now exposition in Graz of Dutch Design that included the STROOOP! project
- Together with my old intern, we prepared an experimental dinner for a great group of Lunar  

But the best thing was that I used my off-time as a moment of reflection and mental brainstorm to start thinking about the content and structure of my first book! A book, build up of three themes with six projects about five years of working on food design! More specifically about Future Food Scenarios and the combination of design, science and technology to think about new ways of food production and consumption. Update will follow soon :)