yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin
yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin
may 12, 2010

yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin

‘moon rabbit’ cup



taiwanese designer hsia-ying lin has worked together with craft artisan jun-ching tang on ‘moon rabbit’ cup and plate. made from black clay, these tableware pieces interpret the famous chinese fairytale of the rabbit on the moon, commemorated every autumn in taiwan during  the moon festival celebrations. lin and tang have designed a cup in which the rabbit sips the water within along the lip of the vessel; and a plate where a rabbit is found sitting on its edge, its stretched ‘reflection’ becoming the dish itself.


‘moon rabbit’ cup and plate are a result of ‘yii’, an initiative of the taiwan craft research institute, whose aim is to encourage the taiwanese people to cultivate an appreciation of the country’s traditional crafts. it seeks to ignite exchanges between contemporary taiwanese designers and local craft artists on projects which relate to these traditional production practices. dutch designer gijs bakker was invited to be the creative director of ‘yii’. under his direction, these newest works focus on the revival of the increasingly extinct taiwanese craft in contemporary design, exploring methods of bamboo work, ceramic, fine silver works, lacquerware, wood carving and other ancient craft processes,teaming up taiwanese designers with local craftsmen.



yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin detail of rabbit which sticks its head out along the edge of the cup

yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin ‘moon rabbit’ plate


yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin detail of the rabbit



yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lindetail of the rabbit installation of ‘moon rabbit’ cups image © designboom



yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin installation view image © designboom



yii design: moon rabbit by hsiao ying lin ‘moon rabbit’ cups and plates image © designboom



an exhibition of ‘yii’ projects were on show at the triennale museum, milan during design week 2010.

  • :):):):)
    supeeeer cuuuteee!!!!

    ocean|of|air says:
  • So this drunk fanboy friend of mine staggers over to me and sez, “So this rabbit and a coffee cup walk into this molecular somethin’ or other …”

    Good design’s gotta’ start somewhere, right? (Because, as we’ve seen today, it don’t start with superhero clothes.)

    Mushi says:
  • Maybe the rabbit has some commentary on the above writer’s mood, as these pieces are cited as a way to “interpret the famous Chinese fairytale of the rabbit on the mood” ;-}
    But is “drunk” a mood? Hummm.
    Regardless, these pieces are beautiful representations of traditional mood rabbits, and beautifully rendered from traditional materials.

    cynicsweet says:
  • shouldn’t it be dunk rabbit

    seanc says:

    ABRAHAM says:
  • what skill!! I’d buy one of these cups in a minute if I could afford it.

    Janet says:
  • yeah! these are amazing ideas, especially bowl one!

    blog.vladimirantonov.ru says:

    nastiqc says:
  • Ingenious it is simple

    max says:

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