Eating constructs a large part of our lives. We therefore should not treat it as a mere task to be completed, but learn to enjoy the experience and time we spend eating.
As the number of single dwellers grows, more people are dining alone. Many people regularly fill up with foods that are easy to grasp and fast to swallow. They have forgotten the joy of eating. They consume without authentically engaging in the art of eating. There is a need to design a better dining experience for these solo diners.
Meticulous observations on object materiality and emotional design are employed in this project. Various design methods are used, including self-observation, online survey, ethnographic and laddered interviews, food diary, prototyping and experience prototyping.
The outcome is the Table for One set of cutlery and crockery, designed to be engaging and sensorial, bringing adventurous and playful qualities to the solo diner’s kaleidoscopic experience. Sitting on the kitchen bench, the set serves as a visual reminder and motivates the solo diner to cook and eat at home more often. Table for One is a project exploring the rich, colourful and sensorial possibilities of solo dining. It aims to reinvent and to recover solo dining as an enriched experience where diners can relax and redirect their focus onto the food and the joy of eating.
The dining set in use:
Table for One was exhibited at ID Projects: RMIT Industrial Design Graduate Exhibition 2014, Fringe Furniture 2015 and was part of the Tactile Tour, an event catering to the blind and low vision visitors of Fringe Furniture 2015.