TEASCAPE

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. 

Time

8 weeks

Part time

Role

Design Research

Concept Development

Prototyping & Fabrication

Photography

Team

Directed by Yi Dong,

DC Alliance, C+D Design Studio

Member: Han Wang, Chen Chen

Zhigang Huang, Yiwei Huang

Tools

Rhino, Grasshopper

Adobe Creative Suite

MakerBot Replicator

Design Inspirations

There are three main culture elements within the tea ceremony which triggered design inspiration:

01. Artistic Conception

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.

湖山清远图

Ni Zan, 湖山清远图

02. Etiquette & Hospitality

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.
 

03. Playfulness & Ceremonial

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.
 

Defining 

From the Insights and ideas that we've looked into, we come to the definition of several design principles(goals) to follow:

Design Principles: 

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.


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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'.

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Prototype & Fabrication


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.

waterdiagram

Drainage visualization of tea water in the "landscape"

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