Sharing a meal with loved ones, friends, acquaintances is a symbol of belonging, community and culture. At a time when the global pandemic has reminded us of the value of human connection, we chose to center our product around eating together. Plays Mat is a place mat that can be used in a multitude of ways to share meals with those near and far. Each piece is modular and can be configured to expand to as many guests at your table. Complete with pockets to stow away phones and tablets; a prompt to be fully present while sharing the company of others.
Understanding, there are many circumstances, where in-person meals are not possible, Plays Mat includes a phone or tablet holder, making it easy to share a meal remotely through video.
Each piece invites a group or individual, to play with fun shapes, speaking to the act of rebuilding connections.
Kat and Mel first met while completing their Masters of Architecture at the University of Toronto and have been long time friends and collaborators ever since. After graduating in 2011, they followed opportunities to practice architecture at a range of studios in Toronto, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, New York and Oslo. Kat lives in Oslo and works as a Senior Architect at Norwegian studio, Snohetta. Mel is focused on her role as an Interior Architect Specialist at Toronto studio, MJMA.