Magdalena Sabatowska (PL)
Social Oven
B.A. project
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Londyn
lecturer Jackie Piper
This graduation project is a social experiment aiming to rebuild bonds between neighbours. It concentrates on the retired women living in housing estates, who are encouraged to exchange homemade meals for a neighbourly favour or a small payment. The project has been inspired by numerous visits, interviews, and surveys carried out with the people living in blocks of flats: the research has demonstrated that social bonds among neighbours are gradually deteriorating and elderly people are more and more often diagnosed with depression. The subscription kit packed in a cardboard box includes a recipe notebook, a menu sign to hang on the door, allergen cards, and an instruction manual. It also contains biodegradable boxes for the food, stickers for closing the boxes as well as for promoting the service, and a contactless card terminal to enable payments for the lunch. The idea has been trialled on a group of retired women from a housing estate in Mysłowice, Poland.