Table manners may not be second nature, but thanks to this ingenious dining table design, they can definitely be learned – albeit after a sore bum or two (no corporal punishment intended).
Created by Dutch designer Marleen Jansen, the aptly named Courtesy Table literally prevents people from leaving the table while others are still eating; the enforced etiquette operating via a distinctly Pavlovian principle: every time you jump up from your seat, someone lands on the floor. Ouch.
The result? Instant manners. And quite possibly a well-trained bladder.
The sleekly aesthetic dining table – which would look good in any home, tongue-in-cheek functionality or not – cleverly incorporates elements of the playground favourite, the see-saw — although the amusement factor is sure to lose its appeal rather quickly in a house full of less-than-polite threenagers, tweens and…parents. Of course, with those kinds of constituents, the concept piece is highly likely to be exploited for its unintended gag-factor, too – or worse, a revenge device that’ll make dinnertime even more fraught with battles…what say you? A brilliant bit of furniture, or a well-crafted gimmick proving just how ridiculously disconnected the modern family has become?