When a space is this beautiful, even as a building site, you know it is going to be something special. St Cuthbert's Centre – an open-door centre for marginalised adults in Earl's Court, London – is currently undergoing a transformation as part of the Evening Standard's London Food Month. From next week it will reopen as Refettorio Felix, a welcoming place for homeless and vulnerable people to come and eat a meal cooked for them by some of the world's best chefs (including the inimitable Angela Hartnett as well big names such as Jason Atherton and Daniel Boulud). They will work alongside the brilliant food waste charity The Felix Project to provide knockout meals in surroundings courtesy of StudioIlse (one of our all-time interior design favourites).
It is with huge pleasure and pride that Aerende has been invited to supply the table linen for this project - providing employment for our refugee sewers and showcasing their work in a restaurant that has a near-perfect synergy with our own ethos of integrity, inclusion and meaningful beauty. It's been made possible by the London Linen Group and Food for Soul, the non-profit founded by Massimo Bottura (who made Osteria Francescana famous), who should both be applauded for looking at ways of doing things differently to benefit the world. For diners, while the meal will no doubt be amazing, Refettorio Felix is about more than just food, it's about the power of eating together to unite and restore both body and soul, a symbol of innovation and compassion and a true sign that someone cares.