Sam Bompas and Harry Parr make up Bompas & Parr, a London-based design duo with a penchant for food architecture. In their own words, the pair of mad geniuses design "spectacular experiences, [often] on an architectural scale with cutting edge technology... [exploring] how the taste of food is altered by synaesthesia, performance and setting."
Their most interesting project so far (in our opinion) was a working mini golf course consisting of models of London's most famous buildings designed to look like they were made out of cake. Even crazier, the course was built on top of London's famous Selfridges department.
According to Bompas and Parr, their wild idea was initially rejected after people worried that golf balls would be flying down from above on to a busy shopping street "and braining people." Their solution? Install a net around the mini golf course
The designed duo got their start making English jellies shaped like victorian buildings, which they thought would be the "greatest thing to hit the world ever." The response was somewhat of a letdown.
"My parents were very supportive," says Bompas. "Initially they were raising an eyebrow. My dad was like, 'At least it's a good laugh. At least I've got a good story about my ridiculous son to tell when I go out for dinner."
For their latest project, Bompas & Parr collaborated with Jason Bruges Studio to design and construct a temporary drive-thu restaurant called "Mercedes Drive-Thru." The installation, which is part of London Design Week 2012 and runs through September 14-16, offers "an extraordinary art and dining experience, featuring a spectacular mix of food, light, and fashion."
"It's like going in a grand hotel through hyperspace with... lighting, marble and fine food," said Bompas. "It should be pretty wild."
Check out this video introducing Bompas and Parr from Avant/Garde Diaries:
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