Describing the inspiration behind their Mobile Hospitality (Mobile Gastfreundschaft) project—a set of transportable, wooden structures including a kitchen, table, and folding stools—Poland-born, Austria-based Chmara.Rosinke explains: “The people of Poland focus on, and are very proud of, their philosophy of hospitality. Everyone raised in Poland and educated by their Polish families inherits these strict traditions of hospitality. What happens, though, when you travel to a place where you … know no one? In 2011, we were invited by ArtDesign Feldkirch to create a happening in an urban space. We wished to show our philosophy of hospitality in a positive way and to provoke [others] into participating in urban life.”
To that end, “with our mobile kitchen, table, and folding stools, we drove from place to place to set everything up and spontaneously cook for—and be joined by—strangers passing by. At our big table, design meets delight and generates extraordinary opportunities to get to know each other." The duo took this intervention to several European cities, and they were invited to present the project at a number of respected design institutions and events around the globe. Mobile Hospitality was honored with a DMY Berlin Award, a Neue Wiener Werkstätten Award, and Outstanding Artist Award Auszeichnung (all 2012). As Chmara.Rosinke notes: "The Mobile Hospitality project pays attention to an important aspect of our design work—responsibility and self-initiative in public space. The city as a space plays an interesting role. On the one hand, it does not belong to anyone; on the other hand, it belongs to all...Responsibility for the outdoor space, for most residents, stops at their garden fence. Mobile Hospitality starts just here." Further, they say, "The formal language of the objects is kept very clear and deals consciously with DIY aesthetics. All the objects are made of massive wood and replenished with additional functions, like, for example, a foot pump for running water or pots with growing spices. An important aim of our design process was to bring a smile to people passing by and to communicate with very basic means the sensuality and delight of food-culture."