Pop-up restaurant, gallery and bar Hel Yes!
This event has now finished. Sun Oct 3 2010
Time Out says
A rabble of Finnish creatives, decamped from Helsinki to London, have created their first pop up art, food and design concept in on the edge of Hoxton. Held together by a love of inspired design, imported fish roe, and late night dive bars, the tribe is lead by Antto Melasniemi, one-time chef at Broadway Market's The Cat & Mutton; London Fields-based Mia Wallenius, art director for labels like Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen; and illustrator Klaus Haapaniemi, creator of creepy folkloric characters, from magical owls to plump unicorns, and Christmas windows for Selfridges.
Commissioned by the Finnish Institute, the temporary restaurant/gallery called Hel Yes! in the Londonewcastle Depot off City Road, is packed with Aspen trees plucked from the woods outside Helsinki, tents and beds, a vast open kitchen, and loft-style bar and seating for almost 80 diners.
The Finn's have created each element especially for the project, a turn-on for design geeks and food obsessives. Diners will sit on limited edition chairs by Artek (originally designed by iconic Finn Alvar Aalto in the '30s), and exclusive Iittala Artworks glasses and lighting are by Harri Koskinen. The Aspen tree tables and huts are by interiors expert Linda Bergroth, a canopy of cashmere scarves and furnishings are by Klaus Haapaniemi and Mia Wallenius, and staff uniforms are by Fashion East designer Heikki Salonen.