The purpose of this thesis was to design a new culinary experience to gather people together and make the cooking and dining activities more socialized, interactive and joyful.
A-Round is a modular culinary table that can satisfy user’s specific needs in regard to different social aspects by changing the elements of the middle part of the table (burner top, storage tray, serving tray, table top, etc.). The round shape semantically reduces the distance between people and gathers them together. By changing behaviors of users and offering resources around the dining area, this product not only functionally improves the culinary process, but also emotionally enhances the cooking and dining experience.
Industrial Design (MFA)
Department, Program, or Center
School of Design (CIAS)
Qian, Jiekun, "Social Table Design For Culinary Enjoyment" (2017). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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