Imagine going into an Internet cafe without your laptop computer. In this cafe, you are going to have a cup of tea with your parents in London... It's tea time there.
This is the concept that won first place in the 24/7 Sandwichshop Food For Thought Competition. one in which submittors were encouraged to express the relationships among food, people, architecture, design, and technology.
The winner was Milos Milivojevic from Belgrade, Serbia, with his idea of a cafe connection wall.
In the winning 24/7 Sandwichshop, you dine with your friends or family, wherever they are. The 'Connection Wall' would enable you to virtually eat at the same table; your friends would appear on the monitor in front of your seat at the counter, as you would appear across from them at their counters.
Food for thought? Absolutely! Our relationship with food has changed drastically during the last century. The world is more mobile, families and friends are now spread out in various regions of the country and the world. It's been a very long time since food was purchased from local markets, meals were cooked at home and enjoyed with each other, and our relationship with food was an intimate part of our relationships with our families and friends.
Food no longer holds that position in our lives. It is something we grab on the quick. It has little emotional value; nor do meals, eaten alone, silently, without ambiance.
Milivojevic's strategic design helps to unite people and enjoy the experience of dining together again.
Visit the other inspired winners of the Food For Thought competition on the 24-7 Sandwichshop website.