In the present thesis, the practices of eating are studied as a daily performance but also as sources of a complex pleasure which exceeds the simple coverage of a biological need and becomes a field of individual and collective search. In the context of this approach, at the same time I locate the points that wear out and distort this complex pleasure that can one result from a meal. From boredom due to repeatability, to the over-interest of a generation that creates global trends, such as #foodporn, food and lunch seem to be losing more and more substance and end up being side effects that simply accompany other activities.
Striving to respond to thisscenario, I get inspiration from the rituals of ancient Greek symposiums and the traditional taverns -tsipouradika- of Volos, as practices of extraordinary meals that evolve in socialization processes, and they highlight in the most obvious way the relationship that food has with pleasure and the pursuit of hapiness. I finally decide to set up and have my own collective mealto which I want to give similar qualities. At this meal, as with most meals, the place and the main axis around which all the food-related activities take place,is the table,which becomes the central design and then construction element of my thesis.The table, as the original and archetypal place of fulfillment of need and desire, now becomes a place of transcendence.
Starting with the simple idea of a common table, I later insert“parasites” that will infect the initially pure look of the object.These parasites are inspired by the concepts of co-nutrition, sharing, caring and the awakening of senses and they create a condition of collective eating in which, the way one eats, the means by which one eats, even the body itself and the way it exists around the table and opposite or next to each other, are reconsidered.The object I design and actually end up constructing, is completed only with its individual elements, the parasites, and it reminds more of a scenographic element, than an executive tool of everyday life.I call this object sofrá - a name borrowed from a traditional table that has its roots in the east -and my intention is to make it a place of symbolic actions and theories that seek individual freedom and collective happiness·a place where food and drink feed first of all, the hungry for happiness, human soul.