New York – Zero Waste Bistro, designed by Linda Bergroth, embraces the concept and challenges of circular economy in the form of a fully-working pop-up café constructed for NYCxDesign. The freestanding installation, which functioned as a dining area as well as a platform for workshops and talks, was commissioned by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York.
Made entirely from upcycled and recyclable materials, the temporary pavilion occupied an elongated gallery space which, together with its striking materiality, made for an immersive spatial experience likened by the designer to a ‘three-dimensional expression of white noise’. The architecture of the space – floor, walls and ceiling – were formed by panels made out of recycled industrial Tetra Pak waste. The acoustically-sound material was produced in the United States, in order to avoid unnecessary transport costs. The design also highlights the use of long-lasting Finnish design classics – such as Alvar Aalto’s stools – as a sustainable choice.