Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2015

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Industrial Design


Industrial Design

First Advisor

Andy Law

Second Advisor

Ashley Shaffer

Third Advisor

Kelli Rae Adams


This is a chronicle of a tableware enthusiast who set out to share her ideas by designing for the everyday eater. The quest began with questioning what an ideal meal experience is and why it revolves around a static, flat table. What are the aspects of present-day eating scenarios that could be improved upon? I considered the conventions of dining, studying traditional forms, materials and spaces related to this practice, and proposed new ways of eating. I designed props for establishing a new kind of mealspace, the objects and events paired together as performances. Each project or act is documented here as an entity in itself and as a catalyst for the next experiment. This book could be flipped through like an encyclopedia or viewed from beginning to end. The work illustrates alternately different approaches of how eating could be. My investigations revealed no singular answer but rather a wider understanding of what enjoyment looks like beyond the table and beyond food itself. Eating is about creating a space, one that can be entered — only then can one experience a meal.



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