Playfully Illustrated Placemats Teach Proper Table Manners


Strict instructions, or a treasure map? Like many of the best educational instruments, it looks more like an interactive puzzle or placemat game than a boring tutorial on how to behave politely at the dinner table.

Based on a book titled On Human Relations, and designed by llotllov (aka voll toll, or ‘totally awesome’ in German … spelled backward), this tabletop accessory takes inspiration from “the fundamental principles of human relations that has the reputation of being the authoritative guide to behaviour, politeness, and etiquette.”

Part of the fun is perhaps poking fun at the absurdity of certain rules, hinted at by the complex web of dotted lines and instructions sure to keep a child busy and away from playing with their food, if nothing else! It might be a wall yet, though, before fast food chains supplant their less-productive (though equally-disposable) counterparts.

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