Adventure Hamper (they had me at functional pickles)

5 Aug


Whilst I could happily just post this picture of Bompas & Parr taken by the amazing Nathan Pask I feel compelled to post some information about their great hamper which will be on sale this Christmas at Selfridges I mean it contains functional pickles and triumphant drinks for starters… If my Dad was still alive (love you Dad RIP) then this would have made the perfect present for him, maybe that’s why I love it so much…

This Christmas, Bompas & Parr is launching an Adventure Hamper available exclusively at Selfridges from 15 December. Hampers used to be about exploration – provisions to stimulate and succour warriors, missionaries, and adventurers as they ventured across the world.

The Selfridges and Bompas & Parr Adventure Hamper restores the hamper to its pedestal of manly vigour. The sort of thing that inspires and provisions you for adventure. Conquering uncharted mountains passes in Afghanistan, exploiting mineral resources in the Amazon or re-discovering and mapping the lost River Fleet in the heart of London.

The Bompas & Parr Adventure Hamper contains an array of provisions and equipment to inspire adventure. These include functional pickles and jams that will help with malaria, altitude sickness, insect bites and jellyfish stings to more exotic kit like the hand customised ice axe, Saint Barnard Keg filled with overproof gin or bio-luminescent lollies for mountain rescue.

Each hamper comes with a guide book and manual created by Bompas & Parr to help your adventure, and the creative duo will also be building an in-store installation in December which the public will be invited to explore.

Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr comments: “Most hampers today are shrivelled husks of former glory. disappointing corporate gifts containing lame Christmas puddings and wimpy brandy butter. The B&P Adventure Hamper for Selfridges destroys other hampers. We want people to make their own adventures and the kit in this hamper will gives you the edge. Even if you don’t use the ice axe to climb frozen waterfalls it’s certainly handy in cocktail-based situations. And flares are useful whether for attracting the attention of rescue planes and for kick-starting the office Christmas party.”



The Bompas & Parr Adventure Hamper will be available at Selfridges from 15 December, £699.99 each in a limited edition of five. One lucky hamper owner will be invited to join the Bompas & Parr crew on their Arctic adventure. Dates TBC.



Shredded white paper mixed with orange flash paper for starting fires



Functional Jam

Cucumber and quinine jam (anti malarial)

Milk jam (a high fat jam for cold climates)

Raspberry and violet jam (for altitude sickness)


Functional pickles

Cranberry, star anise and myrrh (antibacterial)

Garlic and mustard seed (to stop insects biting)

Pickled shallots and juniper (to wash jellyfish stings)


Sweets and Energy Snacks

Taste of victory napalm gum

Caffeinated confits

Bioluminescent lollies for mountain rescue

Trail mix

Kendal mint cake


Drinks of Triumph

Magnum of champagne

Saint Barnard Keg of oak aged gin

Coffee and cigarette elixir for a liquid breakfast

Chocolate elixir for energy




White Cavendish Tobacco




Flare – used for rescue or general pyrotechnic display

Ice axe – climb glaciers or break up ice for drinks

Flag of conquest/picnic blanket

Maps for adventure


Adventure manual






About Bompas & Parr

Bompas & Parr works in the space between food and architecture. Projects explore how the taste of food is influenced by synaesthesia, performance and setting.

In the past Bompas & Parr has collaborated with Lord Foster and Heston Blumenthal to design jellies, flooded a grade one listed building with four tonnes of alcoholic punch that visitors boated across before drinking, created a breathable cloud of G&T, charted the complete history of food, concocted a flavour changing chewing gum and built a chocolate waterfall flowing at a rate of 12,000 liters and hour.

Bompas & Parr’s first book Jelly with Bompas & Parr is now out published by Anova and Cocktails with Bompas & Parr will be published in September 2011.

Bompas & Parr’s has worked with The Barbican Art Gallery, Disney, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture, Salone del Mobile, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Victoria and Albert Museum and Wellcome Collection.

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