Video: Mooncake Serving Tray/table Concept by John Tong
by Harry / July 8, 2013

John Tong's Mooncake is a table concept where diners eat directly off of a moonscape-like tabletop, replete with what looks like shallow craters.

Originally designed by studio +tongtong for a pop-up dinner for a fundraising event at Toronto's Design Exchange, diners ate directly off the tabletop, "heightening the shared experience and establishing a stronger connection to their meal and surrounding environment" says John Tong.

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"Curvaceous, shapely trays, with small dints, holes and vessels sculpted in concert with [chef] Matthew Matheson's intended offerings, could be removed from the table base, allowing for quick platings between each sitting."


"The title Mooncake isn't necessarily an earthly one, but I like this idea that the trays have been seemingly carved by natural, otherworldly forces. The idea of edible landscapes is indeed an experience I was after."


Tong intends to develop the concept into a product line of injection moulded food grade plastic trays that range from simple tops with subtle impressions, to more complex versions with dips and groves composed to suite different meals and dining experiences.


The trays remove easily from the metal base, allowing the server to present the entire meal at once and remove it quickly afterward. "It's a serving platter," says Tong. "The idea of table is blurred".


"There is a thin line of convention that one can simply cross with the help of design, to enjoy a more intimate experience, sharing a table, sharing a plate,- the true nature of a meal."


Photos: Colin Faulkner, +tongtong
Video Editing: Jason Macfarlane


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