napkin portable dining table for two encourages friends to eat together
napkin portable dining table for two encourages friends to eat together napkin portable dining table for two encourages friends to eat together
may 23, 2014

napkin portable dining table for two encourages friends to eat together

napkin portable dining table for two encourages friends to eat together
all images courtesy of hung lu, chan





napkin table is a portable dining bar for two that can be folded down to a small size, making it handy to carry around. the purse-like carrier comprises a pair of straps on either side that attach around the neck, just like a necklace. once the two diners fasten the clips around them, the fabric stretches into a surface for them to put plates, forks and cups onto. small stitched pockets allow for utensils to be tucked inside while a cut-out ring holds a drink in place. designed by graduates of industrial design from the tunghai university in taiwan, the product responds to the dining culture that is influenced by modern technology. ‘communication should make us more convenient to connect with others, however, it seems like we are more unfamiliar with our friends when sitting on the dining table. this conclusion has inspired us to figure out if there is a new dining experience which can improve the relationship and interaction between people when eating.’

having afternoon tea outdoors


folded napkin

napkin portable dining table for two
opening the portable table

napkin portable dining table for two
attached around the neck

napkin portable dining table for two
diners using the portable unit

eating on the surface of the table

you can wipe your mouth with an attached, washable napkin

napkin portable dining table for two
design details enhance the meal

napkin portable dining table for two
food stays in place with the addition of specially integrated pockets and cup holders



  • You can’t be serious…

    Even as a concept it’s bad thinking. it’s a recipy for a messy lunch or dinner. Any lively conversation with gestures or head movement is impossible without spilling your food.

    I thought Designboom had some kind of design quality filter..

    R van Houtert says:
  • No kisses allowed, or it would be a mess…

    Waldo says:
  • Looks a bit silly though doesn’t it? Surely chairs and tables encourage friends to eat together?!!!

    SJS says:
  • They are only missing beanies with propellors on top. ..what happens when person A sneezes or gets stung by a bee?


    jimCan says:
  • sorry…um….no. Why should friends eat together under the stress of a balancing act? The thought of the headaches sure to ensue is itself annoying. This ill arrangement reminds me of the arabic method of settling disputes–the two warring parties are tied together at the head, facing each other, and remain that way until they settle. This isnt the way to make a friend, its the way to lose one.

    charles says:
  • …and if you want to kiss, how does it work?

    jeanbenoit says:
  • How convenient! such great wisdom coming from the far east.
    design at its best!

    John says:
  • if you ever see this live, run as fast as you can

    a says:
  • For some reason I don’t see this catching on in the US…

    Dave says:
  • It’s not April 1st is it?
    It looks like a 1st year on a Product Design course has come up with it.
    What happens if someone sneezes?

    Jason Hazelwood says:
  • This is really dumb, sorry to be crude but really????

    Martin Ramirez says:
  • I’d rather be dead than caught wearing this in public.

    Timon says:
  • funniest thing ever!!!

    Didier says:
  • The Context is too funny………:)

    manoj says:
  • Heavy plates not welcomed.

    grgeblck says:
  • YUM and FUN! Hot dogs and tater tots on a hammock slung from two necks!

    ralph says:
  • Phones will fall…

    ralph says:
  • its Chindogu.

    fred says:
  • if i saw two people wearing this i would run up to them and jump with both feet into the middle of it.

    tom says:
  • …ha! Best soundtrack ever! Now I deeply understand the project, and promise I’ll never think again of sitting on the ground using the chair as a table, instead of choosing the napkin por-table, while dancing at those joyful vibes, throwing food in the face of my mates. Design deserves irony.

    m says:
  • Forever alone…

    what? says:
  • This has to be like Jaques Tati & the infamous modern house of Mon Oncle with equally idiotic machines..the irony of positivist thinking…

    richardirwin says:
  • Thats funny. I created an almost identical concept for as a “Valentines Day Partner Table”.

    It seems like I’m not the only one with silly ideas…
    If the inspiration actually came from my instructable, some credit would be appreceated. If not: Some Ideas are so silly it takes at least two inventors to have them…

    Chris says:

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