Mantara manta ray inspired plate

Dishware and glassware – why is it not designed for standing up and walking around at parties? Sure, most of the time you might be sitting down to eat but when you have guests the standard stable table-oriented tableware designs can become cumbersome to carry with you, not to mention if you also have a glass in tow. Stackable, smooth and sleek, this dinnerware is designed to go wherever you do with ease and to function as either a plate or a bowl as needed.

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Gabriel Contino has come up with a clever design that goes beyond a merely ergonomic solution for mobile eating – it also includes a convenient slot for you to set your drink while you stand or walk around. Not only does this make it easier to take your food and beverage with you as you roam the rooms at a dinner party but it also critically frees up a hand for opening doors and shaking hands.

Mantara manta ray inspired plate wine holder

Beyond this great-for-groups functionality, this bowl-or-plate design would be handy simply to have around the house for casual occasions – when you want to move to the couch for desert or eat in front of the television. Moreover, these plates are actually elegant even for meals eaten around the dinner table – a cross between a fancy appetizer dish and a strangely-formed sushi plate.

“A manta ray is reflected in the product using its movement and morphology to generate the different areas of the plate. The resolution of the grip area, the support of the cover, the bead and the hold of the glass, maintain a harmony with the whole, achieving a distinguished and functional design.”

Mantara manta ray inspired plate prototype

“Mantara is the plate that modifies the way of eating standing up, creating a new vision in meetings of this type. Its use shows a free socialization, this being the key point that differentiates it from any other dish. It is ideal to be used in menus with marine ingredients, which can be of a more liquid consistency.”