everyone deserves one night of escape.
Laute - eating food that is too luxurious, exotic, or costly.
Laute isolé is a speculative restaurant design experience that uses the medium of food and dining to explore escapism, narcissism and individualism. The restaurant offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for one night of complete escape where guests indulge in a controversial meal of the world’s most indulgent and illicit foods and drugs.
The concept and design was an exploration into the darker side of living in the moment and escaping from the realities of the present. The research took Stephanie deep into the world of the all to prevalent black market food trade and resulted in an intervention design and thought exploration that uses the lens of dining to ask - How far will you go? What risks would you take? Would you destroy yourself, and everything around you, in the pursuit of accomplishing personal pleasure?
Laute isole’s second exploration, opening a Shanghai location, combines black market delicacies of the country with more mainstream luxuries and pairs them with mind and body altering herbs typical of Chinese medicine. Stephanie builds on the theme of the taboo and controversial here by including the added element of conversation. Specifically, politics. The menu also offers, foods grown specifically for members of the Chinese government, pushing the themes and concepts of “illegal” and “forbidden” further from our mainstream Western constructs.