Dinnerware for Pop-Up Restaurants



Classroom Project​


15 Weeks



To create a dedicated range of dinnerware for pop-up restaurants, that helps them to keep things organized as well as provides a unique dining experience to the diners. 

What is a Pop-Up restaurant?

Originally started as supper clubs back in the 1960s, pop up restaurants have seen a resurgence in the past few years. Just as their name implies, pop-ups often occur in unexpected places, for a limited time.


Pop up restaurants are temporary in nature. They can last for an evening, a week, or even a month. It all depends on how long space is available and the purpose of the pop-up. 


One of the coolest aspects of a pop-up restaurant is that it may be located in an unusual location, like an apartment building rooftop, an old barn, or even an empty aeroplane hangar. Wherever there is room for tables and chairs and a make shift kitchen, you could host a pop-up restaurant. 


While maybe not as cool as an aeroplane hangar or a city rooftop, an existing restaurant makes planning a pop up a whole lot easier. If a restaurant is only open for breakfast and lunch, it could double as a pop-up restaurant in the evening.

Problem Statement

The concept of Pop-Up Restaurants is a fairly new idea which has seen exponential growth in the past few years. People are attracted to the unique dining experience and the communal aspect of Pop-Up dining. As a growing trend, they have been adapting to the resources available at hand from the restaurant industry. In doing so, a lot of problems are faced by these pop-up restaurants to deliver the experience as well as be efficient in preparing and cooking the food. There needs to be an independent system specifically designed for pop-up restaurants that cater specifically to their needs.



Initial ideation

Dishware concept with inserts

Collapsible serving trays

After exploring different directions, the dinnerware concept seemed to have the most potential. Even the research showed that pop-up restaurants faced highest amount of problems in that area. So keeping these two things in mind, it was selected as the final direction.

Final Design

The final concept was designed keeping in mind the unconventional operating environment of pop-up restaurants and the problems faced by them. The dinnerware concept features an insert at the top. Upon removing the insert, the deeper cavity is revealed, which can be used to serve dishes like soup or that are in a liquid state or which require a deeper cavity. A variety of different colored inserts can be used on top of the deeper cavity to serve dishes like an appetizer or an entrée.


The dinnerware also features slots for cutlery that are spring actuated to hold it in place. The diners can remove it easily from the plate as well as it is convenient for the servers to slide them in. This concept allows the chef to use the same plate again and again by just changing the inserts at the same time eliminating the servers to have to carry the cutlery after each course to the table. The inserts can be stacked on top of each other during storage making it easier for the pop-up restaurants to transport the dinnerware from one place to another.

Color Variations

Working mechanisms

Spring actuated slots hold the cutlery in place.

It can be easily removed by diners by just turning the cutlery.

The spring mechanism, closes the slots once the cutlery has been removed, but at the same time the cutlery can be easily slid back in by just sliding it at the end of the slots.



Final Model