Dinnerware for Pop-Up Restaurants

DESIGN PROJECT 2

TYPE

Classroom Project​

TIMELINE

15 Weeks

YEAR

2017

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?

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.

Research

Design

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.

Parts

Features

Final Model

© 2020 by Abhi Dalal

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