Sensory Tableware Encourages Novel Dining Experiences
An industrial designer explores interesting ways to transform dining experiences into active explorations of the senses.
Industrial designer Ilan Sinai has produced a series of tableware items that experiment with ways to transform the dining experience. Sinai’s work is grouped into three categories of explorations, illustrated below:
These items demonstrate how individual senses can be highlighted as an active part of the meals. Tableware in the form of earphones emphasize the auditory qualities of food, a covered serving dish in the shape of a nozzle encourages olfactory exploration before dining, and a specially textured spoon & dish combination turns chocolate into a tactile experience.
This series encourages active participation, with each item designating the approximate amount of user interaction with their meal. The unstable soup bowl allows diners to selectively add seasoning to their broth, the pasta bowl requires a special fork to be directed at certain angles for best enjoyment, and a palette-like dessert tray encourages artistic license with the meal’s remains.
“Channels and Drainages”
The Channels and Drainages series of items explore ways that liquids and components can be mixed during the meal itself. The two-flavor soup bowl brings in additional seasoning when the soup reaches different levels of the dish, a raised steak tray releases natural flavors into other items as the diner cuts into the meat, and a triangular sorbet dish allows for the natural flow and combination of flavors as portions melt.
Watch a video explanation below: