In 2007 furniture designer Tim Larkin began to explore a creation familiar to many New Zealand homes---the food safe. Larkin won the 2008 Deane Award for Decorative Arts and Design with an exhibition proposal based on this highly-efficient yet increasingly-redundant storage facility. The food safe is a bridging point between the interior and exterior of a house, with permeable barriers to keep bugs and rodents out, but keep cooling air in. Occupying an ambivalent space between furniture and architecture, inside and outside, exposure and protection, the concept of the food safe opened up 'some curious questions' for Larkin and his collaborators in 'Letting Dwell': photographer Peter McColl and writer Luke Feast.
Essay appeared in the catalogue for the exhibition 'Letting Dwell', The New Dowse, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, 16 February-10 May 2009 / Tim Larkin, Peter McColl and Luke Feast (curators)