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 a balance between intimacy and safe distance within the context of the “new normal”. The steel and stone tableware is designed in response to plexiglass barriers that prevent any attempt of food sharing between two people.
Despite coronavirus safety rules, the conceptual tableware retains that important social and cultural dimension of dining – sharing. Minimalist, geometrically shaped steel forms ensure sterile and safe food serving, while unique pieces handcrafted from natural stone fragments soften the stern impression.
BOIR is a design studio focused on making products that represent materiality and process. It was founded in 2018 by an interdisciplinary team comprised of Vlatka Leskovar-Zidar, a product designer, and Ivan Zidar, a graphic designer who is now a chef. Ivan has a deep understanding of local ingredients and a passion for culinary experimentation, which combines with Vlatka’s exploration of how physical objects can inspire rituals and incite memories, resulting in a unique platform for the development of food design concepts.
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