Coronavirus – From June 2, restaurants and bars are set to reopen in France as part of the country’s measures to begin easing a strict lockdown and reignite an economy battered by the pandemic. Still, the social distancing regulations that will be put in place might harm business. Paris-based designer Christophe Gernigon has devised PLEX EAT, lightweight XXL plexiglas visors encapsulating clients under a safe and transparent cone hanging from the ceiling.
“Though we would have preferred not to arrive at this point, it is now better to imagine alternative, designed, elegant and aesthetic solutions that will guarantee social distancing regulations.” Explains Christophe Gernigon.
Like pendant lights, PLEX EAT units surround each person’s upper body so that one can enjoy a meal with friends without having to worry about the spread of the pathogen. The protective shields can be positioned corresponding to the seats around the tables. Such solution allows restaurants and bars owners to optimize the space while clients can safely dine in group.
PLEX EAT is easy to disassemble and clean and and is imagined with or without a light in the top section. An ouverture on the back allows clients to easily move enter and exit from the transparent dome. So far, the solution is just a creative concept, and no models are actually in production.
Founder of Christophe Gernigon Design Studio, Christophe Gernigon is a French designer and decorator who has been working in the fields of interior design and scenography for over 20 years. After the Carré Blanc household linens brand, Maison Sarah Lavoine furniture design brand and Arts & Influences, a lifestyle concept store he launched in Brussels. In 2018, Christophe created also Designer Particulier, a 100% made in France start-up for participative design.
All images: courtesy of Christophe Gernigon.
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