Innovative Design: Mooncake Dining Table by +tongtong
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Inaugurated at the recent re-launch of the Design Exchange in Toronto, where chef Matthew Matheson served exotic foods to 150 guests directly on the trays, including a broth with clouds of floating broccoli florettes that lent the moon lakes a gently green aura, the verdict was that Mooncake’s effect was ‘social activation’. “Under dramatic sunset lighting and a Sigur Ros playlist, the guests felt transported to another world,” beams Tong—a world where the participatory eating adventure reigns supreme.

“At the conception phaze, I was on a consulting trip to Fogo Island in the East of Canada—where I was mesmerized by the terrain, which was almost tundra-like, almost arctic. I love that kind of landscape, where we are challenged in our aloneness and invited to be other than what we are in our busy, overfilled city lives. It inspired me to consider the moon surface as a palette around which to construct this piece.”

“At the conception phaze, I was on a consulting trip to Fogo Island in the East of Canada—where I was mesmerized by the terrain, which was almost tundra-like, almost arctic. I love that kind of landscape, where we are challenged in our aloneness and invited to be other than what we are in our busy, overfilled city lives. It inspired me to consider the moon surface as a palette around which to construct this piece.”

“Form is more than function, it is more than a backdrop for function. Form inspires creativity. In that way, I see the dark moon surface of Mooncake as both a receiver and an active participant in the function of the design. It asks us to be creative, to add something of ourselves to complement or complete it–it’s yearning for us to add ourselves to it because it is so barren.”

“Form is more than function, it is more than a backdrop for function. Form inspires creativity. In that way, I see the dark moon surface of Mooncake as both a receiver and an active participant in the function of the design. It asks us to be creative, to add something of ourselves to complement or complete it–it’s yearning for us to add ourselves to it because it is so barren.”

Like the best eating experiences should be, creating Mooncake was a sensual undertaking. “In the initial construction, I made drawings and then I wanted to sculpt something by hand. I wanted to physically run my hands over the lines to determine how deep the inclines should be and find the shapes using my body,” says Tong. The mould was then vacuum formed into food grade styrene. +tongtong intends the concept to be developed into a product line of injection moulded plastic trays that range from simple tops with subtle impressions to more complex versions to suit a variety of meals and dining experiences.

Like the best eating experiences should be, creating Mooncake was a sensual undertaking. “In the initial construction, I made drawings and then I wanted to sculpt something by hand. I wanted to physically run my hands over the lines to determine how deep the inclines should be and find the shapes using my body,” says Tong. The mould was then vacuum formed into food grade styrene. +tongtong intends the concept to be developed into a product line of injection moulded plastic trays that range from simple tops with subtle impressions to more complex versions to suit a variety of meals and dining experiences.

Mooncake’s namesake references the moon, with its dark surface undulations and crevices, as well as the food we love most, cake.

Mooncake’s namesake references the moon, with its dark surface undulations and crevices, as well as the food we love most, cake.

The Mooncake table by +tongtong

The Mooncake table by +tongtong

Guests at the Toronto Design Exchange enjoying Mooncake’s shared eating experience.

Guests at the Toronto Design Exchange enjoying Mooncake’s shared eating experience.

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