Dinner table conversation can be a tad bit uncomfortable sometimes. That normally depends on who you’re having dinner with. But mostly, dinner or lunch for that matter with delicious food and the right people is a memorable event and one that you would like to hold on to for years to come.
Francesca Zampollo, a Senior Lecturer at Auckland University of Technology and the founder of the International Food Design Society have enjoy more than a few of these dinners and has always been fascinated with dining exchanges and conversations. She decided to do something about it and made a memories cloth to record such conversations. In it’s simplest form, the Memories Cloth is a polyester tablecloth that diners can scribble ideas and thoughts on in indelible inks of four colours. At its most profound it’s a history of the of the people that have shared the table and their written thoughts.
MOLD had the opportunity to speak with the designer and educator about the importance of dining tables, and her ongoing search for meaningful food. Zampollo reveals her fascination with the ‘act of eating’ and the ‘tablecloth, laying there, as the silent witness’.
Here’s what she had to say,
Fill it in in a lifetime, and then pass it on to future generations: you will be giving a piece of your family history, a piece of your life, a piece of yourself. This is the most precious and intimate gift you could give.It is an indelible picture of you, your family, your friends. This is a tablecloth about your life. This is a tablecloth for life.
The Memories Table Cloth Includes 4 Sharpie permanent fabric markers and comes in two sizes, Tablecloth Size: 140x200cm. Table size: 90x150cm (4 to 6 people).
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