BA Product Design
My design practice revolves around simplicity and takes inspiration from the Japanese philosopher Yanagi Sōetsu. My interest lies in homeware design, creating products and understanding how materials will change over time to create a unique experience for a lifetime.
Matsu Tea Set
The Matsu Tea Set is inspired by both Japanese and Chinese tea brewing ceremonies and preparation methods, bringing a new experience to making tea. The tea set creates a perfect middle ground, having a simplified brewing vessel that is inspired by the Japanese Shiboridashi and Chinese Gaiwan. The cups also take inspiration from the traditional shallow cup profile with the addition of an enlarged handle.
Pine wood is used as it has natural oils that will gradually change the colour of the wood to a honey colour, and it is important to embrace this natural change. To compliment the pine wood, the white stoneware clay is finished using a marbled green glaze to bring feelings of nature to the tea set. The Kintsugi gold repair method is advised to maintain the ceramics to show the product's history, bringing true individuality and a unique experience to be handed down for generations. Serendipity is central to the tea set's narrative, as unexpected patterns can appear in the glaze, making each piece one-of-a-kind. These moments add to the narrative, creating a sense of connection between you and the maker, sharing a delight in discovering these moments.
The 'Lucia Lantern' is designed to accompany comforting activities pursued within the home, where that feeling of relaxation resonates within these tasks, for example reading a book or yoga. The lantern range is made from natural materials to calm and centre people mentally and emotionally. The materials remind us of the peace and tranquillity of the natural world, with the chemical-free element also protecting our health in the long term.
The Lucia Lantern range is hand-made with added texture to promote the use of touch, using sustainable materials such as white ash wood, clear recyclable resin, rattan, and faux angora wool. The removable light is powered by an LED bulb allowing for 56 hours of life after only a 2-hour charge.
The design defines how the lantern is used to connect and focus the person on the lantern experience. The use of two hands is encouraged when moving the lantern around, as it focuses people on the activity that is presented and inspires them to be more mindful.