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INTERIORS FOOD & LIVING, 2021 & BEYOND presented by Li Edelkoort & special guest: Flynn McGarry, GEM

  • Parsons 66 5th Ave, No101 New York United States (map)

12:30 doors open 

1:00 A MATTER OF TASTE / A TASTE FOR DESIGN: Home & Lifestyle 2021 presented by Li Edelkoort 

1:50 FORM FOLLOWS FOOD: design & materials

2:10 Special Guest: Flynn McGarry, Gem

2:30 THE NEXT DECADE OF TASTE: Flavor 2020-2030 presented by Li Edelkoort 

3:00 Q&A

3:15 approximate end 

Tickets: $275 

Full Day (morning & afternoon sessions) including zero-waste lunch 

$550 per person

$380 current Trend Union clients

Taste is driving every aspect of our lives from homes to hospitality, from food to fashion, and from make-up to materials. The largest megatrend on our planet today must be people’s fascination with food, which is taking over our spending and inspiring all other interests. Kitchens are refurbished and enlarged, becoming the best place to be in the house, the room where everyone congregates to work, study, play and cook. Kitchen tools, tabletop design and pots and pans are conceived to better steam, roast, grill or bake foods that are organic, nomadic and authentic. Fabrics play the game as well, with darker linens and printed motifs, as if designed for the sophisticated amateur chef. Aprons come co-ordinated with shirting and watches are designed for the exact measuring of minutes and the reading of seconds – essential for any successful cake or roast. All this adds up to new shapes for furniture, new textures for materials, new needs for architecture, and new adventures for the great outdoors - all impacted by the textures, flavours and colours that define what we eat.

Flynn McGarry-Gem_Headshot (1)_Photo Credit Joshua Aronson _ @jda.usa.jpeg


At the age of 10, Flynn McGarry knew he wanted to cook. He began practicing his knife skills after school, and soon after started creating dishes for a few of his mother's friends. At 11, came the purchase of Thomas Keller's The French Laundry cookbook, then Grant Achatz's Alinea. By 12, the number of courses and guests had doubled at what was now called EUREKA (after the street where he lived), a supper club operating out of his mother's home in Studio City. At 13, Flynn began apprenticing at Ray's and Stark Bar at LACMA under Chef Kris Morningstar, then later went on to stage at Eleven Madison Park under Chef Daniel Humm as well as at Alinea, Next, and Modernist Cuisine in Seattle.

At the same time, Flynn and his small EUREKA staff, made up of family and professionals, were serving 20 guests a tasting menu of 14-courses out of Flynn's kitchen/bedroom. Flynn then became the subject of a New Yorker "Talk of the Town" piece, "Prodigy." Chef John Sedlar graciously invited Flynn to serve his expanding mailing list at his restaurant for a night serving 120 guests. Flynn worked for a year at Alma under Chef Ari Taymor in Los Angeles and continued to pop-up EUREKA in L.A, S.F, and N.Y. 

In 2014, Flynn was the cover story of the Food and Drink Issue of The New York Times Magazine, became the youngest honoree on Zagat Los Angeles' "30 Under 30" list and was named one of the top 25 most influential teens from Time magazine. After finishing high school, Flynn traveled to Europe to stage at Maemo in Oslo and Geranium in Copenhagen. 

In 2018, Flynn opened his first permanent restaurant, Gem, in New York City's Lower East Side. The restaurant features a $155 per person multi-course tasting menu and is open Tuesday through Saturday. The interactive experience is intended to be a reflection of an intimate dinner party among friends. This all follows the world premiere of his namesake documentary "CHEF FLYNN" at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in January. 

Most recently, Gem garnered a glowing two-star review from the New York Times’ restaurant critic Pete Wells in August 2018 with the headline: “At Gem, Teen Wonder Plays in the Big Leagues.”



Li is one of the world’s most renowned trend forecasters. She is an intuitive thinker who travels the world studying the evolution of socio-cultural trends before sharing this information with her clients in industries as diverse as fashion, textiles, interiors, retail, food, transport and urban planning. Under her Paris- and New York-based company Trend Union, Edelkoort creates trend forecasts two or more years ahead that are tools used by strategists, designers and marketers at international brands. Edelkoort has worked for some of the world’s best-known companies, for example: advising Coca-Cola how Sprite should communicate with emerging youth archetypes; defining how western perceptions of Japanese culture can benefit Nissan to improve sales and build their identity abroad; explaining how technology, design and services will be affected by newly-formed social networks amongst consumers under 20 years-old for Time Warner Cable; conducting brand repositioning studies and product development for Rubelli; and forecasting new consumer archetypes for Esprit as far forward as 2068.

In 2014, her French knighthood title was promoted to Officier des Arts et des Lettres and the RSA's Faculty for Royal Designers in Britain named Edelkoort as an Honorary Royal Designer for Industry (RDI) in recognition of her pioneering career. In 2015 her much-talked about ANTI_FASHION Manifesto was the first to raise awareness about the shifts and upheavals currently experienced in the global fashion industry. In 2017 she was inducted into Interior Design’s Hall of Fame. Edelkoort is currently working on trend forecasts for 2021, dividing her time equally between Paris and New York, where she is dean of Hyrbid Studies at Parsons, leading the New School's MFA Textile Masters. She is also founder of New York Textile Month each September.