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City Talks: Mary Daish & Lois Daish - Who's the Butler?


Mon 10 Oct 2016, 6:00pm–8:00pm

Where: City Gallery Wellington, Civic Square, 101 Wakefield St, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: wellington_nzia

Terms such as “Butler’s kitchens” and “Sculleries” to describe particular characteristics of new kitchen design have appeared in magazines and TV shows. Mary Daish explores the design ideas behind these descriptions and extends this to a discussion around wider social issues of preparing and eating food in daily domestic life.

“Who’s the Butler?” will present current kitchen designs presented in the media and offer a reading and critique of these against examples of her own work. Mary and Lois discuss what really happens in kitchens, and investigate the relationship of kitchen spaces to the wider issues of purchasing, preparing, cooking and eating in the domestic setting. Within the context of the current multitude of cooking shows, kitchen awards, magazine images, and convenience food businesses, they invite us to consider how we construct our domestic spaces - the kitchen and dining rooms - and reflects on these both physically and socially in today’s homes.

City Talks is an ongoing series initiated by the New Zealand Institute of Architects Wellington Branch and presented in partnership with City Gallery Wellington. Its purpose is to foster discussion about architecture for a broader audience in a city that cares to openly discuss ideas relevant to our future.

Mary Daish is an award winning Architect running her own practice with particular focus on kitchen design. She established her practice - Mary Daish Architect - in 2007 and has talked about kitchen and dining spaces at previous public events. She had designed over 30 kitchens, some for chefs, many for avid cooks and is interested in the importance of this space in daily life, and its integration in the domestic realm.

Lois Daish is a well-known Wellington cook and food writer. Her first restaurant was Number 9 in Bowen Street, followed by Mt Cook Café, and long remembered Brooklyn Café and Grill. She wrote the food column for the Listener for over 20 years and left a legacy of ripped out Listener pages through hundreds of kitchen cookbooks. She is the author of several cookbooks, has tutored food writing workshops and consulted to educational institutions and worked with Network against Food Poverty.

The talk will be followed by refreshments generously supported by Nikau.

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