Our brain reacts to the experience of eating through the pleasure centre. It is activated and releases endorphins. It is a basic need influenced by the senses but also experiences enhanced by the loss of control, the discovery and the experimentation of the act. In the western civilisation, eating has become very controlled through etiquettes.
The tableware that we use creates boundaries and comes along with many rules. Our behaviour on how we eat, what to eat, when to eat it, how to handle the cutlery and interact with others at a table, has been set. The cutlery, bowls, plates, glasses are tools that have been created with this code of behaviour that is encored in our society. However, the experience of eating could become stronger along with the reaction we have to it, if we could lose this control.
We can experience and discover the taste, smell, texture and sound of the food but not the way of eating it anymore. Through a set of playful and sensual tableware inspired by sexuality, I am creating dining toys that allow us to eat in a different manner.
It gives us the playfulness and discovery we have lost, allowing us to lose control and discover the action of eating again along with the animalistic instincts we have forgotten. Discovery tools to increase the pleasure of the experience the freedom of feeling how we want to act and taste the food.