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Come Dine With We

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This research proposes a design solution that embraces the formation of socially engaged communities that aims to meet the needs and desires of New Zealand’s future inclusive dining experience within public spaces. This research proposition is directed by an approach that situates itself between future forecasting and speculative design, whereby the design output is viable while simultaneously capable of provoking critical reflection about the future of design in relation to the design’s targeted users. The development of a design solution, Come Dine With We, encapsulates these aims and has been guided by a comprehensive investigation into the points of connection surrounding inclusivity between interior architecture, social innovation, commensality and social behaviour around personality types.

Come Dine With We seeks to acknowledge New Zealand’s history whilst embodying its contemporary personal and public dining culture in proposing a selection of concepts that features a timber composite design with a range of adjustable components suitable for the encouragement of inclusivity around New Zealand’s dining experience. This research has been supported by the application of various methodologies inclusive of the critical review of academic literature that has functioned to frame and support the scope of this research proposition; current examples of public spaces within New Zealand offering qualities of commensality in addition to case studies were analysed and observed to gain more understanding of how the current scenario of inclusive dining is being achieved within New Zealand; and iterative design development inclusive of concept sketching, digital modelling and conversations with peers. Although this research is contextualised within New Zealand, the general research outcomes are applicable to a wide market. The outputs produced as a result of this research, including the exegesis and design of Come Dine With We, are intended to offer a valuable critical perspective and viable future design solution that will aid in furthering the design of inclusive dining within public spaces.


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Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

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Degree Discipline

Interior Architecture

Degree Grantor

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Degree Level


Degree Name

Master of Interior Architecture

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

1 Pure basic research

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis



Alternative Title

Speculating The Future New Zealand Dining Experience

Victoria University of Wellington School

Wellington School of Architecture


Merwood-Salisbury, Joanna; O'Sullivan, Nan