I love cooking and eating good food in style. I believe the experience of eating is not only about the food itself but also how the food is served. A good dining experience should stimulate all 5 senses and more. It should be a pleasure and make people happy. I seek to reflect this in my designs.
SIDEKICK was inspired by a recent major change in my personal life. At the end of March, my husband moved to Perth due to a job offer. I was suddenly single and alone for the first time in 9 years. Loneliness especially kicked in on the weekends, which were normally spent getting fresh produce at the markets and cooking elaborate meals together. I soon realized I did not enjoy cooking as much when it was only for myself. Having good food was still important but there was no need to set the table when I could just take my plate and eat on the sofa watching a dvd. That’s when I realized how tedious and unstylish it was having to use, dirty, and carry multiple plates for a simple meal for one.
Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a chic design that combined all plates needed in a single entity? Because eating alone should not mean giving up good food or eating in style. And it should not necessarily make one feel lonely.
SIDEKICK, composed of a wheelthrown stoneware bowl, a handmade bamboo ply lid and a handmade hoop ply napkin holder, addresses this emotional and functional need.
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SIDEKICK’s minimalistic form with clean lines and natural shades and texture enhance its refined simplicity.
All three components have satin-matt tactile surfaces that emphasize the sensuality of eating.
The small crescent opening on the lid allows for the utensils to stick out allowing them to be safely carried within the bowl.
The foot of the bowl is specifically designed to help pick up the bowl when it’s upside down.
The gallery underneath the lid ensures it does not move about on the bowl.
All three components (including the cutlery) can be carried in one hand while the other hand carries the drink so it’s a single trip from the kitchen to the living room.
The complementing relationship between the components seek to reflect the relationship between the user and the object(s); a savvy companion to the diner so s/he does not feel lonely eating alone.
The lid doubles as a chopping board to prepare the food and a platter to serve the accompanying food.
The napkin holder doubles as a support for balance on the table for the small foot of the bowl and turns into a small cylindrical vessel with its detachable bottom that can be used for dry food like nuts.
SIDEKICK comes in 4 sizes:
XSmall dessert – Ø 15 cm, H 6.5 cm
Small cereal – Ø 17 cm, H 8 cm
Medium soup – Ø 20.5 cm, H 9 cm
Large salad – Ø 24.5 cm, H 10 cm