Traymate is a concept initialized by the designers
Linnéa Eketrä
and Anja Popović. It is about a service with the goal to provide better information about hospital food.


The main intention is to highlight important and positive aspects about the food supply in all hospitals in the region of Västra Götaland, Sweden. After interviews with many employees in the kitchen at Sahlgrenska Hospital in Gothenburg, we found out that there is a lot of background knowledge, good intentions and great efforts to care about the patient's well-being. They constantly aim to improve the served food.

Employees working at the hospitals can use a website to impart their thoughts, insights or knowledge about hospital food. Designers, artists and illustrators are invited to contribute with their artwork related to nutrition, too. Texts and images can be uploaded in a very easy way.

Their visual and textual contributions are printed on placemats, that are served directly to the patients and lying on the tray under the tableware. In doing so, employees can communicate directly to patients, who in turn have the possibility to receive more information about their dishes. Further the daily hospital routine will be highlighted through eye candy for the trays.

Traymate gallery