Palate the Treat Meal Container by Carly Kim and Azlee Yu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Palate the Treat

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Meal Container

INSPIRATION:
Our project was inspired by the dining culture of working professionals in United States. We find their lunch culture highly inconvenient, and dinner preparation as a tiresome activity. Their lunch options are expensive, time consuming, and disappointing.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Palate is a vacuum food storage system that provides a luxury eating experience for working professionals. By providing elegant food plating as well as fresh and appetizing taste sealed into one single package, Palate allows users to treat themselves to a restaurant-quality food every day of the week.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The user can easily cook and preserve a multiple course meal in an attractive plating set-up. By utilizing the hand held vacuum, they can cook enough portions to fill multiple container at once, store and transfer the meals from fridge to work while preserving the food perfectly in their freshly cooked state.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in September of 2016 and finished in January of 2017 in Providence as an collaborative study between Carly Kim and Azlee Yu, under the instruction of Professor Jorge Paricio.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Palate focuses on bringing the vacuum sealing technology used in food production industry to consumer products. Utilizing the benefits of vacuum sealing such as extending food shelf life, preserving flavors and textures, preparation efficiency, and reducing volume, Palate’s design of continuous hard-soft surfaces adds the innovative ability to vacuum with liquid and reuse overtime. The double-mold hard plastic plate and soft plastic shell provides continuous, flexible, multi-functional surface that serves as a plate, a sealing package, as well as the handle.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
11 in x 7 in x 1 in

TAGS:
food container, save food, working professionals, handheld vacuum, food preservation, food waste, vacuum seal, cooking, lunch, leftovers

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Research objective for Palate consists of understanding the optimal food solution or system for working professionals. Primary research focused on creating realistic consumer profiles to ensure Palate satisfies the needs and larger habits of all working professionals. Qualitative interviews and quantitative online surveys focused on working professionals with different lifestyles, including different ages (24-55), occupations, cooking frequencies, locations, working situations and relationship statuses. Overall insights helped us identify core problems of food solutions for working professionals as expensive, time consuming, and disappointing. Primary research also help set design criteria for the solution, the product has to be efficient, flexible for variety, and most importantly feel like a “treat” and offer a restaurant experience both visually and taste-wise. Secondary research focused on creative methods or solutions, including inspiration from biomimicry to create hydrophobic hydrophilic surfaces to enable liquid in vacuum sealing, and extensive market research on existing solutions. By researching on larger trends on cooking, work conditions, kitchen and fridge spaces, and food waste, Palate also caters to have larger, lifestyle impact on users and environment as a whole.

CHALLENGE:
Many creative alternatives had to be explored to solve the problem of vacuum seal technology in regards to liquid. By combining research and experiments in biomimicry and maximizing stored volume, surface tensions, and creative pattern making, the solution is built into the plate design to achieve an innovative concept in vacuum sealing consumer food.

ADDED DATE:
2017-03-01 01:51:12

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Carly Kim and Azlee Yu

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #2: Photographer Francesco Tonelli, Eleven Madison Park, 2011.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Carly Kim and Azlee Yu

PROFILE:
Carly Kim and Azlee Yu are Industrial Design students from the Rhode Island School of Design, graduating 2017. They have collaborated on multiple projects over the course of three years, Palate being a result of the Senior Collaborative Studies studio with Professor PhD Jorge Paricio.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Palate The Treat Meal Container by Carly Kim and Azlee Yu is a Nominee in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Palate The Treat Meal Container by Carly Kim and Azlee Yu is Winner in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category, 2016 - 2017.



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