The NEW NORMAL collection

The New Normal collection explores the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on traditional dining rituals, and the future that brings many restrictions to prevent the spread of the infection. With its collection, studio Boir considers how to achieve balance between intimacy and safe distance within the context of the „new normal“. We present new, conceptual tableware which, despite the new rules, retains that important social and cultural dimension of dining – sharing.

Prototypes made from surgical steel and natural stone are designed in response to plexiglass barriers that prevent any attempt of food sharing between a couple. The result is a collection of conceptual tableware for two that bridges the gap between intimacy and distance, enabling safe food sharing, and simultaneously connecting and separating the served dishes. Surgical steel in regular geometrical shapes guarantees sterility, while natural stone elements soften the stern impression.

Dessert for two
A set of tableware that enables the ritual of dessert sharing. Using long spoons, the couple can feed and nurture one another while maintaining a safe distance.

Bread basket
A simple form divided by a barrier, allowing for bread consumption without fear of physical contact.

Platter for two
A circular serving form is symbolically divided in two with a scuptural rock, its shape reminiscent of a mountain – a natural barrier and protector.

Prosciutto rack
A table installation that reinterprets the traditional prosciutto serving plate, offering a novel way topresent and consume the delicacy.

Amuse bouche / Sushi platter
A centrally placed rock subtly separates the two sides of a thin steel platter, where bite-size portions are elegantly served for two

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