Zero Waste Bistro, New York

Designed by: Linda Bergroth
For client: The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York Floor area: 70.00 M² Year of completion: 2018
Submitted for: Sustainability Award


Public Score
4.57
4.37 Function
4.56 Innovation
4.78 Creativity
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Zero Waste Bistro, designed by Linda Bergroth was built entirely of upcycled and recyclabe materials, and furnished with made-to-last design pieces. The bespoke communal table and table set, also designed by Linda Bergroth is made of Durat Palace.

About the Project

For WantedDesign Manhattan during NYCxDESIGN in May 2018, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York invited chefs from the zero-waste Restaurant Nolla in Helsinki, and designers Linda Bergroth and Harri Koskinen to curate and create a project focusing on themes of circular economy, new material innovations, and sustainable design.

Zero Waste Bistro, designed by Linda Bergroth, was built entirely of next-generation upcycled and recyclable materials, using iconic Finnish furniture and tableware that is made to last from generation to generation.

The five-day program of Zero Waste Bistro consisted of tasting sessions with an innovative menu sourced entirely from local sustainable producers, also using overlooked byproducts of our food system, all supplied without packaging.

Each partner and collaborator was selected on the basis of their stake in sustainability. The Finnish Design Shop and Artek brought in sustainable made-to-last tableware and furniture; Durat launched their new recycled composite collection; Kotkamills presented their repulpable disposable cups; Sulapac a completely new plastic-free packaging material and Oklin the 24h food composter; Finnair flew in the chefs and the designers.

The program also included daily talks and workshops on the themes of sustainability, in collaboration with the Parsons School of Design and Restaurant Nolla.

After the five-day event, everything was composted, recycled or reused in the name of a circular economy.

What’s unique about it

Zero Waste Bistro proposed a future that reduces and refuses waste and helps make our environment livable for generations to come. The temporary dining experience brought an urgent message to NYCxDESIGN: we need to rethink the way we live, what we eat and what materials we use.

Restaurant Nolla’s “refuse, reduce and reuse” -philosophy demonstrated how the hospitality industry could reinvent itself, how applying a circular economy can also be a viable business model. The innovative tasting menu utilized often overlooked by-products of our food system and proved that zero waste food can be delicious.

The installation acted as a laboratory to experiment with ideas that in the future could be implemented on a larger scale. Linda Bergroth’s design, using next-generation sustainable materials and long lasting design pieces, created a unique, dreamlike, contemporary interior which sparked a conversation amongst the global design community.

Zero Waste Bistro was uncompromising in its mission, but at the same time provided the visitors with an immersive and stimulating social experience through the breathtakingly beautiful design, innovative tasting menu, and thought-provoking public programs.

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Zero Waste Bistro’s bespoke communal table and table set is made of recyclable Durat Palace composite. The space, designed by Linda Bergroth, features Alvar Aalto’s classic Artek stools and Hand Grenade pendants, sustainable design choices.

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What if all of the 58 billion disposable cups that end in landfills annually were compostable or repulpable? Kotkamills provided custom cups for Zero Waste Bistro, from their new cartonboard that is made with no PE plastic and is fully repulpable.

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Restaurant Nolla's innovative tasting menu for Zero Waste Bistro utilized used ingredients locally sourced in and around New York as well as overlooked by-products of our food system.

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Zero Waste Bistro’s bespoke communal table and table set is made of Durat Palace and designed by Linda Bergroth. The space, designed by Linda Bergroth features Alvar Aalto’s classic Artek stools and Hand Grenade pendants.

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Zero Waste Bistro’s food concept was by Restuarant Nolla, a Helsinki-based restaurant pioneering in zero waste cooking and applying a circular economy model across their entire business. Food was served on Iittala'a Teema plates by Iittala, a 1950's design.

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Zero Waste Bistro, designed by Linda Bergroth was built entirely of upcycled and recyclabe materials, and furnished with made-to-last design pieces. The bespoke communal table and table set, also designed by Linda Bergroth is made of Durat Palace.

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Credits:
Linda Bergroth

Harri Koskinen

Restaurant Nolla

Finnish Design Shop



Kotkamills



The Finnish Cultural Institute in New York


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