maya ben-davi + ori ben-zvi rethink taipei’s night market eating experience
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design duo maya ben-david and ori ben-zvi have created ‘street eats’, a collection of seating objects and tables that took the metal stool commonly used in taipei’s night markets as a platform for rethinking the market’s space and experience. with this in mind, the focal point of the design approach was to attempt to isolate and manipulate the existing objects relevant to this places and to produce new ones that would generate recognition and cultural focus.

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the focal point of the design approach was to attempt to isolate + manipulate an existing object relevant to markets
image © gareth moon

 

 

 

the project explores different opportunities within the market’s lifestyle with a focus on human experience, wanting to facilitate and enhance social interactions by making them more relevant to current generations. the proposed objects are intended to blend in, fill gaps and offer a perceivable scenario which validates the market while raising awareness to aspects that are currently lacking. the ‘street eats’ collection uses a rough copy-paste technique with ready-made stools in order to develop and test them within the market scenario to explore how people react to them and what kind of new experiences were generated.

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the metal stool commonly used in markets was the platform for rethinking the experience
image © gareth moon

 

 

 

the ‘street eat’ project discusses the social role of night markets in taipei, their relevance in contemporary culture and ways design can introduce a more human-centered experience within this context. by playing with an already established design system and functionality, new alternative eating configurations were suggested.

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the starting point was a common night market’s situation
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prototypes were placed at the tonghua night market to see the reactions of people 
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by testing the prototypes with the public, new panoramas opened
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an open studio event served as an intimate testing space
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explorating and observing eating configurations 
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the whole ‘street eats’ collection  
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the metal stool is transformed by adding a side table that grows from one of the legs 
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due to the street and open-air character of the markets, umbrellas can be attached to the metal framework
image © chong kok yew 

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trays and tables with different sizes and uses were also created
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edited by: juliana neira | designboom