Object:Shared plate

Design brief: object which
provokes interaction and
leads to communication
between people
Food: Dosa
Team: Vasylysa Shchogoleva+Cecilia Ambrois

During one-week product design workshop we were asked to select one Indian dish and create a new design for serving of this meal.

Our ambition was to create an object which will allow people to easily share food between them. Idea for the design came from the appearance of the dish we selected (dosa) and from the material we have been working with (bamboo).

Our plate consists out of 3 parts (1-part x 2 bamboo pieces) which can be moved back and forth. By moving them, you can move what’s on them closer to you or your partner.

Dosa is a one of the main dishes of the South Indian cuisine.

It’s appearance may remind you a crepe, but much larger and thinner (that is why one of them called “Paper dosa”). Its main ingredients are rice and black gram. It is being served along with different types of fillings, like potatoes or paneer (cheese) and chutney (sauce).

When trying dosa for the first time, we found ourselves at the big table, where you want to try many different things. In order to be able to do so, we needed to move our plates around so one of us can reach to the dish. But, what if we could simplify this action and make it more playful? Our idea was to create a prototype of the shared plate. It consists out of 3 parts (1-part x 2 bamboo pieces) which can be moved back and forth. By moving them, you can move what’s on them, for instance, dosa, closer to your partner.