How will we dine in the future?
Were you enjoying a sandwich at a park bench, having a quick bite at your desk, or sharing a meal with friends? How will we dine in the future? With technology and a faster pace of life come an increasingly autonomous and solitary lifestyle. Our evolving lifestyle is changing our habits and we find ourselves standing at the intersection of the way of life, social norms and personal eating habits. We are all familiar with the dining table in our homes. It has served as a generous stage where people can eat together and have a conversation over a meal. At the same time, we struggle to find the dining table a place in the rapidly changing reality of shrinking living spaces and vastly diverse work schedules and social activities. What if, in place of the dining table we are so familiar with, there are other objects that we will associate with dining?
Design, techniques and materials
The Missing Dining Table Collection explores the way we dine today and serves as an inspiration for possible alternative dining conventions for the future. Through a unique blend of design, techniques and materials, the collection seeks to relook, reinvent and inspire new possibilities of dining. Join us as we playfully predict possible future dining conventions in a series of objects. As we take an adventurous trip down the proverbial rabbit hole and venture into the unknown dining future, we do so without the intention of dictating the future but rather to stretch our imagination as we question the very act of dining and offer alternatives and possibilities. Through the collection we attempt to provoke, think ahead and create conversations. Would you miss the dining table when it is not around?
Design Thinking methodology was applied to conceptualise the collection. Design Thinking first defines the problem and then implements the solutions, always with the needs of the target audience at the core of concept development. We placed ourselves in the shoes of the consumer. What do they like and dislike? How satisfied were they after interacting with the products? We work to fully understand the experience of the target audience. This is done via observation, interaction, and immersing yourself in their experiences. After coming up with various ideas, we put them to the test by building low-resolution prototypes and testing them out.
Botanica is a set of disposable cutlery that takes shape as decorative plants and corals, with leaves that can be plucked off to use as fork and spoons. As disposables, Botanica adds the important dimension of elegance and fun in a dining setting, complementing the dining experience rather than degrading it. It also serves as a poetic reminder that the meal has come to an end when all the leaves are plucked.
Solaris is a lamp that warms up your food at your desk while you work. In addition, tilting Solaris at its side turns it into a heater that keeps you warm during the cold seasons.
Coex addresses the constraints of compact apartments by emphasizing on simplicity, functionality and versatility. It provides dwellers in small compact apartments the freedom to dictate its use within a confined space. With a quick flip, Coex transforms from a side table to an additional stool that an invited guest might need.
Venus is a versatile plate that comes with dual side usage, designed to complete your dining experience. One side serves finger food and sweets while the other side holds pasta or soup. Venus has an ergonomic profile that is comfortable to hold and can be easily carried on the move. It is also stackable for easy storage and compactness.
Oryza is a disposable dining ware that makes casual dining hassle-free. It uses food safe and waterproof material, comes flat packed, and opens into a translucent and luminescent three-dimensional dining ware, creating a magical experience that excites your senses and enhances your palate. Be it an appetiser, main course or dessert, the ergonomically-designed Oryza also allows you to eat with one hand while holding your food close to you.
Ideal for dining al fresco, such as a picnic in the park, Wago offers an uninterrupted food experience that takes you from grocery shopping, food preparation to dining. Doubling as a food preparation and dining table, all you need is good food and some fine company.
"Its work is very simple yet elegant and it's interesting how it paired different materials together. I can see myself using the products in my house in Milan."
Debora Ballabio, Italian Designer