Design guidelines for lunch box as compact home experience

Köktürk, Ceren
Turkish food culture, which is built upon a rich background, lunch boxes remain as an important product in the face of recent changes in eating habits. This study investigates the meaning and significance of lunch boxes for Turkish users and designers in the face of changing habits in food culture. The studyaims to determine the major reasons for using lunch boxes today, and define the users’ needs regarding lunch boxes in terms of design and functionality. The main research consists of three parts, which are a literature review and field research to determine the state of the art in the lunch box market; interviews conducted with 18 users and 4 designers (mostly white color workers); and a catalogue review of the projects that were submitted to the IMMIB Design Competitions between 2005 and 2014. The findings of the study shows that the two different perspectives (those of the users and designers). As a result, there are two main points that are deducted from the study. First, lunch box is a reinterpreted tradition that continues in the daily lives of users in the form of different products. Second, both users and designers interpret the tradition of lunch box as a mobile compact home experience, as users would like to reanimate the experience of eating at home by using lunch boxes. The thesis is concluded by suggesting design guidelines regarding design aspects such as accessories, overall form, volume etc. in order to strengthen this experience.


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Citation Formats
C. Köktürk, “Design guidelines for lunch box as compact home experience,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2016.