liu jiakun: jane tray for alessi at (UN)forbidden city
 
liu jiakun: jane tray for alessi at (UN)forbidden city liu jiakun: jane tray for alessi at (UN)forbidden city
nov 16, 2011

liu jiakun: jane tray for alessi at (UN)forbidden city

‘jane’ by liu jiakun for alessi (left) image courtesy alessi (right) image © designboom

 

 

 

chinese architect liu jiakun has designed ‘jane’ a double sided tray for italian company alessi. based on ancient chinese writing material, 26 identical aluminum bars are fastened together with stainless steel hardware. the sides of the rods, instead of being 90 degrees to the base, go slightly inward, creating a 89.43° angle. although the difference seems minimal, this creates a slight curve in the surface of the tray. the minimal distinction allows it to transform 
between being a stand and a vessel. the simplicity of the design also allows it to be portable. to carry it with one hand the user needs only to roll it part way, creating a grip while still maintaining most of the surface. by rolling it all the way, the tray can be put in small spaces.

‘jane’ by liu jia kun

 

 

jane’ tray rolled up

 

 

detail

 

 

concept sketch

 

 

concept sketch of reverse side

 

tray facing upwardpg. 158 -159 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

tray facing downward pg. 156 -157 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

traditional chinese tray held by one hand pg. 148 -149 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

ability to roll up for portability pg. 146 -147 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

sketches of concept pg. 144 -145 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

liu jiakun showing concept and prototype to gary chang and his team pg. 152 -153 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

aluminum parts which make up the tray pg. 150 -151 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

diagram showing how the angles give a slight curve to the tray pg. 142 -143 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

technical drawings pg. 154 -155 of ‘(UN)forbidden city’ catalogue by officina alessiimage © designboom

 

 

informative videos surrounding display in drawers  image © designboom

 

 

trays available in two colors  image © designboom

 

 

 

the collaboration between liu jiakun and alessi was part of the ‘(UN)forbidden city’ exhibition curated by gary chang during beijing design week 2011. read here about ma yansong’s ‘floating earth’ tray and more info on the ‘(UN)forbidden city’ initiative between alessi and chinese architects.

 

liu jiakun participated in the ‘contemporary chinese architecture from the outside in‘, a talk hosted by designboom at beijing design week 2011.

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