HESTON'S DINNER IN SPACE / PRINCIPIA MISSION FOOD PACKAGING
NASA / CHANNEL 4
Design an experience-based food packaging for the British Astronaut Major Tim Peake to make his mealtimes more engaging on the 'Principia' mission to the International Space Station in 2016.
The design process started from research on Tim Peake's life and his food habits and interests, the limitations and food regulations in space by NASA, followed by idea generation on conceptualising along with a session with Heston Blumenthal on food packaging and experiential design.
The final products were the crafted interactive trays, made out of lightweight paper, that could hold the food containers, designed with visuals relating to Tim Peake's memories of childhood, family, and life highlights to revoke memories as he ate the food at the International Space Station.
"What they do have is a cardboard book that you can put the tin, so Tim can open
this book and flames pop up and photos of his kids pop up. That's enough because
the brain doesn't need all of the bits of the jigsaw to nudge it to the memory."
- Heston Blumenthal
This project came together as a collaboration with Masterchef Heston Blumenthal, NASA, Channel 4 and selected LCC students.
The work is featured in the documentary 'Heston's Dinner in Space', released in March 2016.
Concept: Clorama Dorvilias, Wajeeha Abbasi, Matthew Lyall
Execution: Lorenzo Davitti, Anabelle Alias, Saachi Mehta, Tianju Duan
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Cover Photograph: David Levene/The Guardian