As Pillar As Minutes

The Connection of Traditional Cultures and Modern Style.

Type:

Product Design / Graphic design / Packaging Design / Branding

Collaborators:

Elvis Yang, Tsu Hsuan Liu

Date:

Nov 2015 - Jan 2016

As Pillar As Minutes

We have designed an incense plate with the idea of turning the concept of abstract time into a physical object. We wanted to reinvent a traditional Chinese object in order to infuse traditional culture with concepts of modern life.

Insipiration

In ancient Chinese culture, people often used natural movement in relation to an object to calculate time, such as drops of water running through a water clock, sands falling through an hourglass, or the movement of the sun generating shadows from a sundial. Today, people usually use smartphones or clocks to tell the time.

In keeping with old methods of calculating time, we designed an object which uses the burning time of a stick of incense to tell the time. However, the incense plate is not meant to measure the exact time, but rather the concept of time, in order to remind modern people to take timely breaks and live in the moment instead of fighting every minute.

Styling

In ancient Chinese culture, people often used natural movement in relation to an object to calculate time, such as drops of water running through a water clock, sands falling through an hour glass, or the movement of the sun generating shadows from a sundial. Today, people usually use smartphones or clocks to tell the time.

In keeping with old methods of calculating time, we designed an object which uses the burning time of a stick of incense to tell the time. However, the incense plate is not meant to measure the exact time, but rather the concept of time, in order to remind modern people to take timely breaks and live in the moment instead of fighting every minute.

How To Use

In ancient Chinese culture, people often used natural movement in relation to an object to calculate time, such as drops of water running through a water clock, sands falling through an hour glass, or the movement of the sun generating shadows from a sundial. Today, people usually use smartphones or clocks to tell the time.

In keeping with old methods of calculating time, we designed an object which uses the burning time of a stick of incense to tell the time. However, the incense plate is not meant to measure the exact time, but rather the concept of time, in order to remind modern people to take timely breaks and live in the moment instead of fighting every minute.

Model Process

FRP technology was used to produce the outer casing. First, Styrofoam was used to carve the overall style. Then, it was turned into a gypsum mold and then into glass fiber. It was a challenging task for people like us who had never been exposed to production of this sort. The most difficult part of the model production was the mechanism assembly. The production did not turn out as expected, as we put in quite a bit of effort in seeking and producing mechanisms. We owe the successful completion of the G.g. Laufrad work to the teachers who have provided us with suggestions and the experienced masters who have through trial and error made modifications the process.

Branding&Packaging

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