A playful table set. Practical and interactive developed to suit a very special cafe.
We have been asked to develop a ceramic product exploring the subject of food. As the target group and environment
should be defined and stated by each group, we decided to develop this project based in a local cafe chain called Lucca
Cafés especiais. The place was very promising as it was specialised in commercialising Brazilian special coffee blends.
Before structuring the project we visited regularly the place, got acquainted to it, observed who visited the place, and only then find out an opportunity for a product development. As we observed the place and after interviewing the owner, it was clear that the cafe had a lounge atmosphere. The clients would go there seeking to spend long hours reading, chatting or accessing internet. This was decisive in guiding the project to achieve an elegant and ludic approach.
After listing and analysing the possibilities we chose to find a harmonious solution for the accessories placed on the table to organize sugar packets, napkins and sometimes appetisers. Later this appeared to be a problem identifiable in many other cafeterias and restaurants.
After developing alternatives and mock ups, we arrived in a very minimal and ludic solution. We designed three semi-spherical bowls and an elliptical vase that repose on holes distributed in a special tabletop.
With this solution the cafe can organize a wide range of things - such as sugar, napkins and appetisers - in an elegant and playful way. Also the cafe can use these recipients in more creative ways serving all kids of dishes.
Due to the materials used, we have also created a very rich look for the tables. The ceramics, a main point of this project, were highlighted by the contrast with the organic texture of the Imbuia wood. The table texture and color created an interesting contrast with the clear shapes of the white ceramics. Also, thanks to the table size it framed the small and delicate shapes of the ceramics with the brownish tones of the wood.
We created a second layer beneath the holes to hold anything that may fell through the holes, it also creates a niche to lay books and magazines. It also gives a background for the holes and avoids unwanted contrast with the floor. Finally, the negative angle between the two layers reduces the sensation of thickness created by the tabletop’s shape.