The Mate plate was made in order to bring back the social element to the dinner table. The plates, joined in the middle force conversation. Two people are sharing from one plate. Many people have said that it is like a lovers plate, perhaps something used on a romantic evening. However, i designed it to be used by total strangers as a way of two people getting to know one another. Ideally, my aim would be for people to begin a meal as strangers and leave as friends.
- Emily Hart
- Emily is a London based designer who graduated in 2009 from the University for the Creative Arts (Rochester). Since graduating she has spent 8 months travelling the world and gained inspiration from countries far and wide. As a person she is fascinated with food and this gives her the inspiration for most of her work with the overall aim to design pieces that will improve people’s overall experience of eating. Be it a talking point of the table, an object that physically brings people together or simply a piece that makes food look more appealing. There seems to be a disappearing element of social contact at the dinner table and she wishes to help revive this. Emily mainly works with semi porcelain and plaster, ensuring that all element of her work are completely handmade, this is also true for her glazes. She has recently started an internship with recognised glass and ceramic designer Shan Valla and additionally works for a web developing company in Clerkenwell London.