Banquet by
Paula O'Connor

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Graduate designer Paula O'Connor surrounded this table with net curtains to create a more intimate dining experience.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

Paula O'Connor designed the Banquet table to encourage people to eat together, a notion she feels has been lost in contemporary society. "This concept is focused on creating an experience and encouraging an event around a table," she said.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

A chunky chipboard surface sits on four angled white metal legs, which bend around to form posts that support the curtain rails. "Banquet is a statement piece which celebrates dining and symbolises a special ritual," said O'Connor. "It aims to evoke feelings of grandeur, intimacy and seclusion through a simple, pared-down aesthetic."

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

The removable sheer curtains let in light and allow diners to see out, while creating a cosier atmosphere inside. "The element of a detachable curtain offers a playful atmosphere, reminding the user of childhood experiences in tent and fort like structures," she added.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

O'Connor graduated from the Furniture Design course at the Dublin Institute of Technology this year. The dining table forms part of her thesis project titled Dining Together Matters.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

We've only just posted an installation based on fourteen different ways to replace a table leg, as well as a collection of tables and benches with surfaces made from materials chosen to age well.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

Also on Dezeen there's a meeting table surrounded by swinging chairs and a table with a top made from 400 wooden slats that fan out into a full circle.

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Here are some extra details from Paula O'Connor:


Dining is an important ritual. For many, the act of dining and eating together has been lost. For several individuals, dining has been reduced to a rushed affair. We "eat" but do not engage in a dining experience.

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

In contemporary society, there are numerous factors to blame for this outcome. Increasingly, we see a large proportion of people eating on "the move".

Banquet by Paula O'Connor

"Dining Together Matters" cannot eliminate some of the factors which have caused the change, but it encourage s a different way. It celebrate s the joy of eating and dining. Establishing the importance of eating with others is core message this project.

  • Gemma

    I saw this in the show and thought it was beautiful and refined! (:

  • hordur

    I like it. I would like to see lot of these inside an old industrial space, but for safety¬īs sake no candles!