SAMEN tablecloth by Studio Ralf Lambie

Smartphone-free dining thanks to signal-blocking tablecloth

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如今的人们没了手机就好像丢了魂一样。设计师Ralf Lambie基于这一现象创造了一款名为SAMEN的社交型桌布:它能够帮助人们在用餐时放下手机。桌布侧面的口袋拥有类似于“法拉第笼”(Faraday Cage)的功能,能够对电话和信息进行阻隔,使手机不再震动或亮起。当搜索引擎和社交网络集体失效,我们终于可以心无旁骛地和家人朋友一起吃饭了。

These days, we don’t seem to be able to function without our phones. This phenomenon triggered designer Ralf Lambie to create SAMEN: The social tablecloth that encourages people to ignore their phones while eating. The special pockets in the tablecloth work like a Faraday Cage: no messages or calls come in, and there are no vibrations or illuminated screens. No quick googling or sharing pictures of your meal on Instagram, just focusing on your dinner partners.


SAMEN, the world’s first Faraday tablecloth


In Dutch, the word ‘samen’ means together. And that is what this tablecloth is about: reuniting people around the dinner table. SAMEN blocks your phone’s distractions and promotes face-to-face interaction. It encourages you to temporarily store your smartphone in one of the signal-blocking pockets during a dinner party. This allows you to talk to your lover, friends, or family without being interrupted. The rest of the world can wait.


The New Luxury: back to old-fashioned dining

手机在我们的生活中扮演者越来越重要的角色,就算是在餐桌上也不例外。环顾身边任何一家餐馆,我们都能看到一大堆正在玩手机的人:餐桌上发生的事情仿佛远远没有手机里的世界来得有趣。这实在是让人倍感遗憾。英属哥伦比亚大学的研究人员发现,在与家人或朋友共进晚餐时玩手机的人比不玩手机的人更难获得愉快的用餐体验1。同时,弗吉尼亚理工学院的研究表明,即使是在不玩手机的情况下,手机的存在也会对人们之间的交流质量产生负面的影响2 ,它会使人更难敞开心扉去表达那些更加深层的感受 。

Our phones play increasingly important roles in our lives, even at the very dining table. Look around any restaurant, and you will notice straight away that many people are interacting with their smartphones. They seem more interested in what’s going on in the outside world than right at their own table. And that’s such a shame. Researchers at British Columbia University1 discovered that people who use their smartphones during dinner with family or friends enjoy it less than those who don’t. And research conducted at Virginia Tech2  showed that the mere presence of a smartphone, even when it isn’t used, has a negative impact on the quality of one-on-one conversations. People are less likely to open up to the other person and have more difficulty expressing their deeper feelings.

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