Sophia Roe Takes Us Behind the Scenes of Her Impactful Salone del Mobile Installation

It’s easy for one to get breathless listing out Sophia Roe’s many titles and accomplishments. Writing them down can quickly veer into run-on sentence territory. Spanning food, design, and advocacy, her talents are indeed impressive. The NYC native is a James Beard Award–winning chef; a writer; the founder of Apartment Miso, her Bushwick culinary studio where she develops recipes and cooks client dinners; and the Emmy-nominated TV host of the series Counter Space, which she also produces. Most recently, she was brought on to be the food editor of the new arts and culture journal Family Style. In partnership with Family Style, Roe got to check off yet another career milestone this month: showcasing an installation at Salone del Mobile, Milan’s prestigious annual design fair.

“There’s really nothing more special than feeding people your style of food among other artists and across all mediums,” says Roe of her first-time experience at the event. Roe, in partnership with Family Style and the Amsterdam design studio Drift, set out to show how foods can be “objects of affection.” For her taste experience, Roe focused on her love of breadmaking and braids. Growing up with little to no passed-down traditions of her own, her work has existed as an active pilgrimage to fortify her own sense of family, tradition, and community. Breadmaking, with its laborious preparation and many forms and facets, is where Roe has found a sense of home and belonging.