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Westminster lecturer designs the world’s first 3D-printing restaurant debuting in London

Architecture and Interiors 15 August 2016

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Westminster Architecture Lecturer Arthur Mamou-Mani was part of the team who brought the world’s first 3D-printing restaurant to life, with all the food, utensils and furniture 3D-printed from scratch.

The innovative restaurant called Food Ink popped up in London’s Shoreditch for three days in July and is now on to a world tour to Berlin, Dubai, Seoul, Rome, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto, NYC, Taipei, Las Vegas, Sao Paolo, Tokyo, Austin, Singapore, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Sydney and Reykjavik.

The downloadable nine-course dinner was fully 3D-printed live by an international team of chefs, artists and technologists, including the Westminster lecturer. Designed by Mamou-Mani, the glowing tables, chairs and lamps of the restaurant are some of the world’s first functional 3D-printed furniture, created specifically for the futuristic venture.

The opening event hosted 10 lucky diners but anyone could see how the 3D printed food emerged in front of their eyes as the occasion was livestreamed online.

At the University of Westminster, Mamou-Mani is leading Design Studio 10 with Toby Burgess, teaching Master of Architecture (MArch) (RIBA pt II) in the University’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. He said: “The rise of digital fabrication technology such as 3D printers have opened up a wide range of unexpected opportunities for the new generation of architects. Design Studio 10 wants to make architecture more entrepreneurial while encouraging students to push current technology. Our collaboration with FoodInk's CEO Antony Dobrzensky to create the first 3D Printing Restaurant shows that this approach can be very real.”

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