2016 GRANT APPLICATION

PROJECT

Gather Seattle

DESIGNER(S): Chloe Csadenyi-Benson and Robert Deane

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PROJECT SPECS

ESTIMATED COST: The grant will cover only a portion of the idea, providing resources to further research and develop one or multiple elements of the kitchen. This investment could be used to create a more defined image and brand that surrounds the idea which could be used to reach out to willing investors.

TIMELINE: Gather Seattle online community will begin immediately. The development of prototypes of the aeroponic grow shelf or pantry storage system could take multiple couple years.

DREAM MENTOR: Liz Dunn and Kari Brunson

Food production, transport, and storage is largely wasteful and inneficient. For most consumers food is grown hundreds of miles from where it is eaten and much of what goes into the domestic kitchen is heavily processed and over packaged. As a society we are learning to embrace a lifestyle built on minimilism and simplicity yet our kitchens are generally overstocked, unorganized, and full of wasted food. If we want to create a lifestyle built around simple, healthy and sustainable values we must start at the root of where we live; the kitchen. Gather Seattle is an experimental kitchen that constantly rethinks the way we source, store, cook, eat and share food within a living cycle. The kitchen cycle is designed around six key elements; grow, store, prepare, gather, nourish and reuse.

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Gather Seattle would provide a place for the PNW food and design community to share ideas, inspire, and create. Gather Seattle would encourage healthier eating, activate environmental stewardship and foster social interaction.