Taiwan designers chiandchi studio states that their work focuses on the relationships between people and objects. They create objects inspired by everyday life that serve simple functions; these designs are made with only the most essential forms.
They designed a tableware set for Hong Kong firm Saniyo in 2014, “Gathering.” The inspiration behind the set was twofold, one we can see a little more overtly than the other. From Saniyo:
“In this world of 6.5 billion of habitants, what explains that some people are your family and friends while some people are just passers-by in your life ? It is something links/connects/attracts /brings us together. Compared to the solar system, the galaxy, the sun or any other astronomical phenomena such as eclipse, earth revolution, asterism…. We, human being are part of the universe.
“In our series of party ware, we borrow the concepts of these astronomical objects and phenomena and hope this would bring a little inspiration to our everyday lives. And also as a sweet reminder, to remind us to cherish the time we spend together with our friends and family. As in this immense universe with infinite space, at least are sharing a good time with our beloved ones.
The theme of cherishing time with the people we’re close to is apparent in the set. The simple, minimal designs are supported by soft colors. It’s an inviting and gentle effect, certainly fine for some relaxed hospitality.
We’re thrown for a loop with the astronomical theme, tough. We suppose the nesting dish set is evocative of eclipses, but we’re struggling to see outer space in the other pieces. The dots adorning one plate could be asterism, we suppose, but why are they arranged in straight lines? The colors are too lush, the patterns too angular to put us in the mind of spherical heavenly bodies.
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