As if first dates don't come packed with enough over analyzation as it is, there's now a cutlery set that looks so far into designing a less awkward dinner date that it actually might be cutting back on your culinary meet-and-greet anxiety. First Date Cutlery, the creation of London-based designer Cristina Guardiola, "aims to smooth over some of the potential anxiety of a first date dining experience by facilitating good table etiquette and encouraging interaction."
The set (and dinner date) begins with a soup spoon. With first impressions being key, you would think that soup would steer clear of the menu. But the designer reassures the eater with a design that supports the correct use from the side of the spoon, rather than slurping from the tip of the utensil.
As we all know (and sometimes dread) most of the talking happens while waiting for the main course or between poorly timed bites. A hidden magnet strip within the fork and knife force the eater to take a minute from eating and spend time focusing on and interacting with their date.
The "getting to know you" has happened and it's time to be a bit more direct. The final component in this dining set is aimed at just that. Inspired by an oval bowl that's been rotated 180 degress, this dessert spoon is made for two people sharing one dish.
What do you think--if there's anything that can tone down the awkwardness of a first dinner date, is this it?
Erika is the editorial assistant at Core77. When she isn't covering design, you can find her writing about music, food, and healthy living habits. But mostly music. She also has a strong affinity for hedgehogs, bowling, and bands with goofy names.