Fusion echoes the energy force that balances the universe as one. Developed by Vivian Kwok, the collection takes its influence from the traditional Chinese beliefs of Yin Yang and Wu Xing. Fusion is designed to mirror the five elements: earth, water, fire wood and metal. The fivefold conceptual scheme, when harnessed properly, is believed that it will lead to immortality. Created to be universally adaptable, spoons and bowls were formed with their own unique spirit – when linked together they become one.
Due Order is an exploration into corporate and political influences on society and the economic well being of a country by second year Interior Design student Maryann Adas. The elongated design of the spoon gives the object a fragile appeal and is a translation of what it means to be impoverished. The three oval recessions in the wood gradually get smaller as the depth of the spoon’s mouth increases, represents the societal hierarchy triangle. The capacity of the spoon gradually gets larger as the cavity works its way up the top societal class, leaving the bottom area with the smallest opening or ‘food allowance’ within this social pyramid.
Second year interior design student, Angela Cho, has designed a tea whisk that emphasizes the beauty of tea ceremonies. This western interpretation simplifies and modernizes the intricate lines of its original form. Designed to feel like an extension of the hand, the geometric shapes and sharp corners, offering a juxtaposition to the curvilinear form of a traditional tea whisk. Aside from this function of mixing matcha powder, this piece is meant to develop curiosity and spark a conversation.
Janet Lam, has designed ‘Commune’ is a series of spoons that investigates the relationship between food and eating in a social context. The utensils are a form of communication which conveys the identity of the user. The three pieces are developed from different levels of speech bubbles which are noted through conversation and dialogue. In a social group setting, ‘Commune’ mitigates a discourse of taste, bringing attention to the expression of the individual through the choice of food and your speech.
‘Pearl’ by Jing Yang, is a spoon that reflects seven concepts: scrape, iceberg, slope, limited, gather and coche. Scrape is a reflection of a shovel-like shape that takes into consideration the need for consuming the last few morsels of food. Iceberg is taking the leafy quality of the vegetable into a aesthetically pleasing shape. Slope, symbolizes the incline of poverty that people have to deal with. Limited, is based on the restricted food supply that disenfranchised people have to deal with. Gather captures the act of cupping treasure, unwilling to let food go. And coche looks at the Greek word for spoon and the materials that were used.