Table-Dish-Cover by Maezm



London Design Festival 09: Korean designers Maezm will show work including Table-Dish-Cover, a silicon tablecloth with integrated dishes, at Designersblock in London next month.


The flexible, injection-moulded silicon product is spread over a table at meal times and then removed and washed afterwards.


Designersblock takes place from 24-27 September at 100% Design, Earls Court, London.

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Here's some info from Maezm:



Spread the dish on the table. The flexible table cloth that looks just like a dish makes it possible to prepare food anywhere just by spreading it.
When the meal is over the ‘dish table cover’ is removed and washed. A sheet of a flexible ‘dish’ that is folded or crushed brings a new way of life that is not affected by space or time limitations.

meal tray type / special silicon for food / injection molding / 505 x 415 x 57 (mm)

reddot design award / design concept / "best of the best"
MACEF dining in2015 competition "shortlist entry"

Posted on Friday August 28th 2009 at 1:16 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • db

    urh?? does it also suit in my dishwasher??

  • NK

    nice idea, but will it fit in the dishwasher??

  • bagelwithcreamcheeseplease
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  • mikaël

    I want to go on a picnic right now

  • very interesting design,but i don’t think it will be useful for everyday. At least,i think i do not like to use this in my everydays.
    But still wish it can be a special show in the Designersblock in London next month.

  • it’s is quite different from droog. It’s very japanese in color , very dutch in concept . Great idea for eat west party

  • What happens with the leftovers, soup or sauces for example ? How do one transfers it altogether to the sink without it ending up all over the kitchen or dining room floor ? Or to a dish-washer (I can not imagine it – it seems it has to be washed in the manual way only – in the sink)?

    Sometimes I'm wondering if some of very the original designers in such field have kitchens and dining rooms of their own at all… Or whether they ever eat.

    • hank

      Is this comment serious? This is a wonderful idea and a phenomenal environmental decision. A little elbow grease never hurt anyone, i wonder how anybody lived before the invention of the dishwasher…Not to mention pouring leftovers down the sink is wasteful and i'm sure that many designers have kitchens, probably nicer and neater than yours, because of inventions like these.

  • Is it possible to eat inside with cutlery?
    I mean by that, “a knife” to cut the meat because there is some meat eaters… and a “fork”?
    Unless this approach is intended only to Asia, because their food is already pre-cuted… ;)

    Francois Beydoun

  • michelalano

    It’s a neat idea but I think it would get annoying, since we typically are used to grabbing whatever food we’re getting and portion it ourselves without standing up. “Pass the potatoes, please.”

  • I could see going retro and just using an old set of school cafeteria lunch trays. Less material, minimalist dividers, and hard enough to smack an unruly bully over the head with.

  • omar

    i think this creates more problems than it solves…. looks pretty cool tho.

  • Marta

    i would say thats weird..First. hard to store. Second. Hard to clean. And third – how do you actually transport food in it, from A to B when its so soft?

    I just dont see the point

  • charlie chan

    idea is somewhere.
    function is nowhere.

  • charlie chan

    I would like to rephrase myself.

    The project is unique and clever, but solely in its conceptual attempt (even though its been done). The designer should have pursued this attempt as a pure conceptual project, but the mere effort in giving functions leads to its failure : how its washable, how there are many dishes, how its small enough for one person, yata yata yata.

    If by trying to present this idea of plate-table cover as a functional “product”, the designer should have taken functionality in greater concern. As EVERYONE mentions, numerous problems are still visible and unaccounted, seems hard to use and the process of preparation is unrealistic.

    But again, this project is the winner of “design CONCEPT” of Reddot, so who cares about functionality, right?

  • Brian

    I like the concept, but pass the soup could become deadly!


  • Justas

    yep , its the same as Saar Oosterhof’s 1998 table bowl- no respect for this work, author should be ashamed…

  • Thaumata

    Won’t fit in my sink. Can’t be easy to box up leftovers. Who uses the same amount of serving plates every time? Where to store it when not in use, as it looks too big for a normal cabinet and rolling it for storage takes up much more space than the same number of single dishes would.

    I’m so bored with designers who forget about functionality.

  • mark burnham

    better when made of carbon nanotubes; a flat tablecloth most of the time, but when you run a charge through it, it reforms into sturdy dinner ware. at least i think that’s how nanotubes could work. i’m no scientist.

  • M.R.

    Haven’t we seen this from Droog already?