jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table
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aug 23, 2010
jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table

‘ripple effect tea table’

as part of his graduation project for IM masters design academy eindhoven,
‘ripple effect tea table’ by korean industrial designer jeonghwa seo in partnership with
hanna chung
is a reflection of eastern mentality towards social relationships.

according to the designers, easterners commonly believe that small changes
of an individual person or object can make big impact on the larger society, thus,
leading to a modest and totalitarian culture. this social tendency described as a
‘ripple effect’ was translated here into tea ceremony table.

ripples are created on the top water layer of the table surface everytime the tea cup
and saucer are moved by the user. through this project, seo and chung wanted to emphasize
the importance of considering cultural mentality and context as a backdrop
to their work.


hanna chung using ‘ripple effect tea table’

jeonghwa seo and hanna chung

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