Tea table with an impact

Can intangible culture become a source of design? Studio Hanna&Seo has translated mentality embedded in the eastern culture into a tea table for his IM masters graduation project of Design Academy Eindhoven.

The project was aimed to propose a design method that the psychological characteristics of local culture become a seed of design context. The results presented herein provide an interface for examining the way of considering cultural differences in psychological level in design process.

Design is a behavior that creating formal outline of cognizing world through object or communication method. Thus, they attempted to consider mentality of the East in the design process in order to consider the fundamental nature of the local culture.

Easterners commonly believe that small changes of an individual person or object can make big impact on the larger society, thus, leading to a modest and totalitarian culture. this social tendency described as a ‘ripple effect’ was translated here into tea ceremony table.

As seen from the images, there is a water layer on the top of the table. The tea plates floats on the water when one is drinking tea. Any movement on the table would cause an impact across the entire tabletop.

Through this project they wanted to emphasize the importance of considering mentality, when designers deal with culture as a context of design. Considering the cultural psychology will provide deeper understanding of each other’s culture in the globalized world.

Look how it looks like at this video: http://vimeo.com/13634872


One Response to “Tea table with an impact”
  1. beyondanomie says:

    What an innovative design; love it!

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