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Ming Dynasty Sandwich Box

Add some dignity to the desk lunch
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Every lunchtime, I get my sandwiches out of my sachel, I unearth my tea mug from the drifts of paper that have engulfed it over the course of the morning, and I settle in for lunch at my desk. In order to avoid getting TOO many crumbs on tomorrow's top secret presidential briefing, I sort of lay out the cling film (or food wrap, or whatever it's called wherever you are) into a makeshift plate, which is then scrunched up and chucked in the bin when I'm replete.

This is most undignified.

I'm thinking: sandwiches often come in those cardboard wedge-shaped boxes. With a little bit of extra material, and some blue printing on the inside, we could have a sandwich container which unfolded into an elegant Ming dynasty plate (or cardboard simulacrualula... thing which looked like one). Then I can have my luncheon on a nice faux-plate instead of a lumpy bit of cling film.

moomintroll, Feb 07 2007

Ming Plate http://www.gothebor...dex-china-marks.htm
Eat your sandwich off a picture of two Chinese guys who are sad because their chess pieces have been stolen [Osomatic, Feb 08 2007]

(?) This would fold up nicely http://images.moomi...sS4PfZbvCSBec%2ClIA
[moomintroll, Feb 08 2007]

Nice box http://www.flickr.c...hardspics/49047908/
I'd like to get sandwiches in one of these [hippo, Feb 08 2007]

(?) fold flat travel plate/bowl/cup http://www.orikaso.com/
fold it into a box for your sarnies, then at work re-fold it into a plate! [TheLightsAreOnBut, Feb 08 2007]

ASDA Sandwich Boxes http://boingboing.n...ich-boxes-that.html
Baked! Hoorah! [DrBob, Aug 05 2009]

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       I just get food everywhere. I doubt even this would help me, but I'd use it if it looked good.
wagster, Feb 07 2007
  

       It could have a ceramic frog on the side with a computer-controlled nanobot tongue that snatches crumbs out of the air.   

       Can you add a link to the kind of Ming plate you'd want it to imitate? I only associate Ming with vase, not plate, so I'm not sure I'm imagining the right plate.
jutta, Feb 07 2007
  

       when it gets dirty would it be Minging ? (this may not be well understood outside of UK land)
xenzag, Feb 07 2007
  

       rofl@xenzag.   

       long live the uk! (i know, i know, the republic of ireland doesn't count. but we can pretend.)
we_dont_eat_them, Feb 07 2007
  

       Thanks {Osomatic] - perfect.   

       Alternatively, we could go for a nice red-and-white gingham stripe, and make like it's a picnic blanket.
moomintroll, Feb 08 2007
  

       But there's a fatal flaw with this idea... "I get my sandwiches out of my sachel", and "I sort of lay out the cling film" imply that you bring in home-made sandwiches (as I do), yet "cardboard wedge-shaped boxes" are associated with shop-bought sandwiches, so you'd still be stuck with your manky bit of clingfilm while your less frugal work colleagues would be unfolding their origami-like faux-Ming cardboard marvels. Otherwise an excellent idea.
hippo, Feb 08 2007
  

       Okay, well, maybe I would buy sandwiches if they came in attractive, internally-printed fold-out plateboxes.   

       To be honest, although I aspire to make my own sandwiches, I normally end up buying them anyway. And they normally come in those plastic wedgeboxes. Disappointment all round, really.
moomintroll, Feb 08 2007
  

       My girlfriend did exactly this for an art project at St. Martins. I am therefore obliged to confess how brilliant an idea it is. [+]
theleopard, Feb 08 2007
  

       I might have guessed it.Anyway, on the grounds that that doesn't qualify as Widely Known to Exist, I shall leave this posted.
moomintroll, Feb 08 2007
  

       I'd much rather have a Ming The Merciless lunchbox shaped like the anoying flying drone, with built in sound effects and a moustache attached to the flask. I can think of nothing more dignified.   

       [blessed]Gordon's alive?[/blessed]
marklar, Feb 08 2007
  

       //Anyway, on the grounds that that doesn't qualify as Widely Known to Exist, I shall leave this posted.//   

       Absolutely, otherwise I would have mentioned those 3 dreaded, much-acronysed words that all we bakers fear...   

       Definitely not widely known to exist, and in my opinion a viable commercial product.
theleopard, Feb 08 2007
  

       Mmm.. Peanut butter and jam sandwich on flexibility board, when finished, play flexibility chess. The knights being crumbs of cheese and the Queen, paper thin ham [+]
skinflaps, Feb 08 2007
  

       Have you ever put tea in your sachel?
bungston, Feb 08 2007
  

       [+] nice one.
FlyingToaster, Aug 04 2009
  

       Hadn't seen this idea previously but you'll be glad to know, moomintroll, that someone went and baked this idea. Strike one for the 'bakery! (linky).

Footnote: They probably didn't know about this idea at ASDA but I don't see why that should stop us from claiming it anyway.
DrBob, Aug 05 2009
  
      
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