Eating and sex are surprisingly similar. Both are primary, animal instincts that activate our brain’s pleasure centre, releasing endorphins. But Western etiquette inhibits these instincts, dictating how we handle our food and interact with others at the table. Our tableware too reinforces ‘proper’ eating behaviour, turning it into a rather frigid affair. Instead, with ‘Dining Toys,’ Roxanne Brennen invites us to lose control, and make eating every bit as playful and adventurous as sex. This set, inspired by sexuality, helps us to rediscover the tastes, smells, textures and sounds of food. Like sex, consuming food should be about maximal intimacy, pleasure and discovering yourself and others through experience.
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