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

jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table


according to korean designers jeonghwa seo and hanna chung, 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.

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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.

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ripples are created on the top water layer of the table surface every time 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.

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jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table


jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table


jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table


jeonghwa seo + hanna chung: ripple effect tea table


  • I love these guys!

    Bart says:
  • Good implementation of concept ! well done .

    sara says:
  • love it!

    goohz says:
  • this is great but how does it work! we wanna know more about it

    jckarich says:
  • jckarich: Me too!

    Exxtremitie says:
  • so this means my sleeves are always wet after picking up the cup?

    damian says:
  • and if you spill it adds to the design! brilliant!

    hober says:
  • I’m guessing the fluid is under some sort of film??… might be a challenge to set up in spaces where the floors aren’t level.

    floyd says:
  • An interesting table with an interesting concept.

    T.E. Samad says:
  • Thanks for all the comments. Here are my thoughts about some comments.

    1. It works with thin water layer(2mm) on black glossy table top. Ceramic plate is hallow so that it can float on the thin water when the cup is not on the plate.
    Weight of cup makes plate sink and creates ripple.

    2. My aim was not to design the easiest and simplest way of drinking tea but to design a new interaction of tea ceremony. Please see table as a medium for delivering eastern mental culture.

    Jeonghwa Seo says:
  • How do I get one?

    Jason says:
  • that’s gorgeous. and i love the idea of the floating saucer… makes me wonder what other sorts of objects might find their way onto this surface.

    zedaveo says:
  • nice concept. i´ld love to know the exact material of the surface, it dont seem durable enough.

    NestorEnBloke says:
  • It is lacquered on the completely waterproofed ash.
    It is durable enough cause I used high glossy paint for car painting.

    Contact us for purchase please.
    [url=] studio hanna&seo [/url]

    Jeonghwa Seo says:
  • i cant comment without being censored!

    Ina Loumo says:
  • it is alright to be a westerner

    !emalosho says:
  • The link did not work, can you resubmit. Maybe the problem is on my end.

    Jason says:
  • Sorry, It’s miss linked : )

    url=]studio hanna&seo [/url]

    Jeonghwa Seo says:
  • Sorry again. This is the correct link

    [url=] studio hanna&seo [/url]

    Jeonghwa Seo says:

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