The Science of Food
There was so much to see in Paris and we were here for 8 days, so I decided to divide my blog into five parts for Paris. Paris had the most amazing Science Museum I have ever seen. The sheer size of the the museum is amazing. There are areas devoted to almost every dimension of Science, even a design/fashion section! Now that’s amazing.
We started off by heading to the planetarium and watched a film about our planets and galaxies. The experience was fantastic. We were surrounded by a 360 degree projected screen. Once the amazing and realistic film concluded, I headed directly to the design/fashion exhibits. Not only did the exhibit examine innovation in design, but the exhibit explored advanced materials and fabrication. The fashion exhibits blew my mind. Dresses made of wood, self-inflating helmets that look like hoods and fabric that changes colour with the heat of your body. The exhibition was full of materials and technologies I had never fathomed! There is even new material being made that is made entirely of milk!
After visiting the design/fashion exhibit I was lucky enough to stumble on an exhibit that showcased the finalists for the ‘Fennia Prize 12’ invitational'. ‘Fennia Prize 12’ is the largest design competition in Finland and is held every two years. ‘Fennia Prize 12’ website boldly declares: ‘the object is to support production of high quality products and services, and to promote competitiveness and internationalization of the industry’. Fennia-Prize presents versatile and fascinating overview of everything that Design is today.’
After having an opportunity to check them all out, my favorite exhibits were:
I) ‘Magisso Oy' (teacup) By: Laura Bougdanos & Vesa Jaasko
‘Magisso Oy’ is a response to the practical problems of drinking tea. The tea cup is equipped with a removable strainer. When the teacup is tipped, the tea is brewed without any additional equipment.
II) ‘Isku-Yhtyma Oy’ (chair) By: Mikko Laakkonen
The ‘Isku-Yhtyma Oy’ chair is made from UPM grade formable plywood that can be effectively shaped with heat. This technology is much faster and much more simple than traditional methods of bending wood. The entire chair is cut and formed from a single piece of sheeting.
I) ‘Keraplast Oy’ (‘tip lamp’) By: Tapio Anttila
The ‘Keraplast Oy’ combines LED technology and acrylic in a new way. Using LED strip lighting offered an opportunity to create an exceptionally thin lamp. The shape of the lamp might remind you of a drop of water right before it starts to spread.
After our lengthy visit to the science museum we deiced to ignore our tight budget for one evening and head home for a fancy dinner. ‘Au Relais’ had been our hit list all week. ‘Au Relais’ is a mid-priced restaurant with an exceptional reputation with local Parisians. I started my meal with an avocado based cake that was flavoured with a variety of seasonings, spices and fresh greens. For my main course I ordered the most amazing tasting ribs I have ever had. The ribs were garnished with all sorts of fantastic flavours. Lastly I went all the way and swear had the most delicious chocolate cake money could buy. 50EU later I was stuffed and beyond satisfied. I highly recommend the restaurant.
Cutting edge design and fashion at a Science museum? Meals that still have me drooling?! Paris is where it’s at.
Goodbye Paris, you really had me charmed – Off to Barcelona!