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Innovative Packaging: WikiBar by Mathieu Lehanneur

Opening next summer in Paris, this new eco-aware café will serve food and products in edible packaging.

WikiBar, designed by Mathieu Lehanneur, endeavors to tackle global water and waste issues that are, in part, caused by excess packaging.

The WikiBar and WikiFoods concept was initially developed by Harvard professor David Edwards, designer François Azambourg and biologist Don Ingber, as a way to design and create foods that could remain fresh without protective plastic.

Merging science with innovative technology and design, food products in the range include non-melting ice cream and cheeses that require no protective film. In addition, a range of yoghurts can be eaten without a spoon, while biodegradable bags enable products to be taken home by customers.

The café’s interior design also looks to science and the molecular formation and structure of food, and features geometric patterns and shapes dotted throughout the space that reflect and emit light. Explore our S/S 14 Megatrend Rational for more on this design aesthetic. You can also read our recent Futurist report Future Flavors & Fragrances, in which we uncover the latest innovations in food packaging. – Samantha Fox

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