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Simple setup and smartphone stowage encourage conversation at the table.

 

Nothing beats old fashioned, face-to-face communication and the dinner table is a classic venue for conversation. In fact, researchers at Harvard Medical School have found that children in families that eat together have lower rates of depression, teen pregnancy, substance abuse and perform better in school. 

The Quixet (quick-set) Table is designed to encourage communication by eliminating barriers for families to sit down and engage with each other. The table features drawers with pre-assembled tray place settings to make set-up effortless.

In between settings are two additional drawers designed to store cell phones, tablets and other distractions during mealtime. Playful yet useful, tech-cubbies are upholstered in jewelry box fashion to keep devices safe while just out of reach. After all, it's nice to 'turn off' every now and then. 

 
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While 82% of US adults say cell phone use distracts from conversation, 89% admit to using one during social gatherings, nonetheless.

-Pew Research Center 2015

Handmade porcelain cups nest into a side drawer.

Handmade porcelain cups nest into a side drawer.

Devices are stored in between diners in padded leather cubbies.

Devices are stored in between diners in padded leather cubbies.

"Daddy," she said, "stop Googling. I want to talk to you." 

-Stop Googling. Let's Talk., The New York Times

Sustainably sourced Walnut, Honduran mahogany, brass and leather are used in the Quixet Table. Dyed porcelain dishware was provided by Mud Australia. The Quixet table was both designed and fabricated by hand, by Zach Schlossberg.

Fabrication