My work was designed to explore the way traditional designs exist in today’s world. Focused on one of the most popular and representative traditional designs - the Blue and White Porcelain, I designed a unique lamp - FRAME IT. Blue and White Porcelain’s beauty comes from its unique patterns and elegant shapes. So I picked up these two features and applied them in my work. As part of my target, I also tried to explore a new relationship between people and the porcelain, which enabled people to engage more in this traditional design. The patterns on the lamp can be changed, people can decide what can be seen on its surface.
Yuwen Chen is a product designer. To him, designing products is not a work or an assignment, it’s a kind of entertainment, a way to gain happiness. He enjoys the moment that ideas come into being in his brain, the process of creating a new work, it’s like growing a tree from a seed and tasting the sweet fruits at last.
Yuwen Chen is also a history lover. To him, history is like a treasure house, traditional designs, arts, antiques are all the resources of inspiration. So he always made products using traditional elements, and at the same time, he is trying to figure out the suitable relationship between tradition and today’s design.
Yuwen Chen is a learner, too. As a designer, he is less experienced, but he always learns. Learn from teachers, learn from classmates, learn from everyone who can inspire him. Designer’s way is a long and hard way, but he doesn’t mind at all. With enthusiasm, joy and a heart seeking knowledge, he is prepared to enjoy the journey on this way.
What is a Blue and White Porcelain?
As one of the most popular porcelain, Blue and White Porcelain can be found everywhere around the world, whenever porcelain is mentioned, people think of Blue and White Porcelain. It’s no longer a specific object anymore, it’s now a culture symbol.
So, in today’s world, should this culture symbol be limited by its material and functions?
Can it be used as an element rather than a product?
Can its beauty be used on other products, other designs?
If its form of existence changes, what will happen to the relationship between it and its users?
To answer these questions, I deconstructed Blue and White Porcelain, trying to find possibilities how it can exist in today’s world.
Blue and White Porcelain’s beauty comes from its patterns and shapes, to me, this is what makes it unique, and I use these two features on a lamp.