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The See-Saw Dinner Table

In an age of shortening attention spans and constant interruptions from all our phones and devices, table manners seem like an ancient relic. Here to solve that is Dutch designer Marleen Jansen, whose see-saw table is serving up dinner etiquette with a playful twist.

Talk about a balanced meal. 

Made from solid wood with a metal fulcrum to offset the bench, the officially named "curtesy table" is meant to force diners to practice good manners by maintaining perfect equilibrium throughout the meal. So if you're the jerk who gets up early to leave, your buddy and their food will crash to the floor. 

The table was built for Jansen's dissertation project and isn't yet available for purchase. And while it's not exactly built for comfort, you'll definitely find out who your real friends are.

Meal time can now either be a whimsical recreation of playground memories, or a dangerous game of chicken. Choose wisely.


Ali Drucker is a staff writer for Supercompressor. She has impeccable balance. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.