25th Biennale Interieur, Kortrijk (Belgium), 2016


LE BANQUET GAULOIS is a collective meal with a ritual character. It’s the space for celebration, for ceremony, for gathering. A space where food and drinks become an infrastructure for hospitality and gift. Rather than a hierar- chic and educated convivium, Le Banquet Gaulois proposes a wild and democratic feast, celebrating the communal value of eating together.


LE BANQUET GAULOIS is a large empty field populated by floating objects, surrounded by a border. The border is the table for the banquet’s guests. It marks the edge of the clearing inside the forest of the biennale exhibitors. Along the border, visual contact and physical proximity play a crucial role among the guests. At the same time, everybody is encouraged to participate to the events taking place in the inner area. Everything is simultaneously exhibited here: the products as well as their storage, their conserva- tion, and the actions needed for their preparation and service.


LE BANQUET GAULOIS is made of simple objects. Each object has its own recognizable form and a suggested function. Encircled by a long and narrow TABLE there are a ZIGGURAT (bottle rack), a BANCO (bar counter), a STAIRCASE (display and storage), and a TRIANGLE (display and storage). Every object is made with a simple plywood structure covered with a laminated print that disguise them with a different material. Every object moves on wheels. The TABLE and the LIGHT and SOUND system are supported by a painted metallic structure. Standard technical elements such as oven, fridge, dishwasher and shelves, will flank the designed ones.


LE BANQUET GAULOIS is a place for encounter and performance. The core of the banquet is also a theatrical scene. The objects that define this space are constantly re-arranged according to the specific needs, and with the desire to produce an ever changing variety of possible programs: from a cooking lesson to a public talk, from an acoustic performance to an opening dinner.


in collaboration with Jean-Benoît Vétillard

client: Biennale Interieur

surface: 110 sqm

team: Matteo Ghidoni, Jean-Benoît Vétillard, Louis Mounis, Enrico Venturini

food project: Cooking Sections (Daniel Fernández Pascual and Alon Schwabe)

photos: Fabrizio Vatieri, Delfino Sisto Legnani

partners: Villa Belleville, Corègie-Expo, Abet Laminati


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Salottobuono is an architectural office run by Matteo Ghidoni in Milan. Salottobuono has served as editor of the “Instructions and Manuals” section of Abitare magazine (2007-10) and as creative director of Domus magazine (2011, 2012). The office has taken part in the Venice Biennale (2008, 2012, 2014), and designed the Italian Pavilion in 2010. Salottobuono published the “Manual of Decolonization” (2010) and “Fundamental Acts” (2016).


Matteo Ghidoni – architect – was a founding partner of the research agency Multiplicity from 2002 to 2006. His work with Multiplicity was exhibited at Kunstwerke in Berlin (2003), the Venice Biennale (2003), the Musée d’art moderne in Paris (2003), the ZKM in Karlsruhe (2004) and the Beijing Biennial (2004). Ghidoni founded the architectural office Salottobuono in 2005. He has been a guest professor at the Istituto Universitario d’Architettura di Venezia (Venice) in the Faculty of Architecture, the Politecnico in Milan, the Royal Danish Academy of Arts in Copenhagen and the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana in Bogotà. He has given guest lectures at several schools and institutions including the Berlage Institute, Berkeley, and Columbia University. Ghidoni is co-founder and editor in chief of San Rocco, an independent international publication about architecture (www.sanrocco.info).