TEACAPE addresses the modern-day anxiety of detachment, by creating an immersive experience that conveys one essense of the lost traditional Chinese culture: our close attachment to the nature.
Prototyping & Fabrication
Directed by Yi Dong,
DC Alliance, C+D Design Studio
Member: Han Wang, Chen Chen
Zhigang Huang, Yiwei Huang
Adobe Creative Suite
There are three main culture elements within the tea ceremony which triggered design inspiration:
We have used computer-aided modeling and fabrication techniques to grasp a balance between natural and abstract in form, interpreting Ni Zan (Yuan Dynasty)’s Chinese landscape painting featuring in low mountains and a rhythmic spatial character.
Etiquette: The traditional tea-set is composed of 3 core elements: The pot / The cup for sharing (Gong Dao cup)/ The cup; It is a representation of a host-guest hierarchy deep-rooted in the traditional culture.
Ni Zan, 湖山清远图
The traditional tea-set is composed of 3 core elements: The pot / The cup for sharing (Gong Dao cup)/ The cup; It is a representation of a host-guest hierarchy deep-rooted in the traditional culture. To show hospitality, cup number is set to be bigger than the guest number.
The intention is to translate the playfulness and ritual of tea ceremony into a landscape-like scenery, while at the same time, preserve its functionality.
From the Insights and ideas that we've looked into, we come to the definition of several design principles(goals) to follow:
1. Dimensions should be easy to go around
2. The sequence and space would enable Host-Guest etiquette
3. Creating an immersive experience, to recall the attachment to nature
4. the product should serve good functionality
5. Enable a sense of playing and ritual in the micro-space
From sketch to the clay model, the form iterated according to a different input, transforming from ambiguous to definite.
The Tea Ceremony & "Stage Positions":
During the process, the pot and cups circulate through different positions to serve different purposes, like actors taking 'stage positions'.
Using a 3D printer, I explored the tea-set form in 1:1 dimension, while the plate 1:100. In Jingdezhen City, we have the plaster laser sculptured and then overturned the model into a clay model. It is baked in the vault under the temperature of 2500~3000 ‘C and finally glazed it with a texture.
Drainage visualization of tea water in the "landscape"
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