Yasuhiro Suzuki: a man of great wisdom as well as endless creativity

Modern life needs design style which meets the aesthetic pursuit of simplicity and details, and traces the origin and development of the traditional culture and the humanities connotation. This trend is increasing obvious in Kitchen home appliances, in particular.

More and more consumers begin to pursue the overall kitchen style, and in addition to the practicality of kitchen home appliance, creativity and modern modeling also win the favour of people. Eating dishes have an indispensable role in daily life. in general, whether or not in use, most of the dishes pose respectfully as a “vessel” which they are supposed to do. Japanese designer Yasuhiro Suzuki design a set of Bowls in paper clay, made with silicon molding. After these bowls are stacked up, it looks like a realistic cabbage. He entitles the work with a poetic name “Cabbage Bowls”.

Yasuhiro Suzuki is working as a visiting scientist in Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and a regular lecturer in Musashino Art University. Born in shizuoka, Japan in 1979, Yasuhiro Suzuki was graduated from Tokyo Zokei University, majoring in design in 2001. He works in Tokyo Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in the university of Tokyo since 2002. he won the Digital Sports Awards issued by the Japan’s NHK television, and the winning works was a projection equipment, which could project images to the rotating devices in children’s game sphere in parks. The success of the work, let him gain offers from many important exhibitions.


I think the “Cabbage Bowls” is a typical poetic design. Poets recognise the polysemy of words, while designers recognise the polysemy of things. The name “Cabbage Bowls” contains two meanings of the design, one of which is cabbage, and the other is a set of bowls. They represents the shape and the function of the design itself.

His first success works was “the ship of zipper“. When the ship is moving in a forward, there will be hull form symmetrical wave on both sides, which will be like a zipper. Imagining the picture in which the surface of the earth is being gradually torn, to the surface of the earth is a magic thing. But this feeling is difficult to be described, this was thesis of his design and the reason why he made his item.


                                                                the ship of zipper by Yasuhiro Suzuki

The works of Yasuhiro Suzuki are always used the afterimage technology. For example in the works called Blinking Leaves, he drawed eyes images on both sides of paper leaves by the thousands and tens of thousands, and blowed down the leaves.

Pick up the paper leaves with blinking eyes on both sides, and put them into a cylindrical gear with a small left opening, we can see a a amazing scene in which all the leaves are blown in to the air by a hidden fan, and the scene looks as if thousands of pairs of eyes is dazzling. The above process is like the circulation of nature, which is profound and long-standing because of your participation.


                                                                  blinking leaves by Yasuhiro Suzuki

Cheng Tsung Feng’s works “Desk Egg” is an ornamental pin collector. It is specially designed for common metal paper fasteners, and it is very suitable for being used at home. In fact, the function of paper clips is like that of home, which plays a supporting role. This appearance of this neat stationery product is an egg, but in fact it contains a magnet which can suck metal paper clips firmly on the egg, and form a warm nest on the edge of the egg. Bird’s nest is cute and charming, this paper clips collector not only for the home office decoration, but also can add some interesting little details for the office time. This product is manufactured in China, and the egg itself is made by the styrene plastics which lets its shell clean and smooth


In the designer’s opinion, similarity in the two works lies on the poetic design. Both of them choose common elements in daily life as the appearance of their design. At the same time, the real functions of them are beyond people’s expectations. The two works embody the idea of a kind of life. From the point of view of designer, the two works contain more than one object.


The reviews of Cabbage Bowls by Yasuhiro Suzuki:

1.  I’ll look so much more avant-garde with these on my dinner table.

2.  The idea of bowls of white cabbage leaves requireing and rendering is treated and discussed in concept and philosophy by a man of great wisdom as well as endless creativity (Hara K, 2007)

3. Especially striking are the white, the very white, paper cabbage leaf serving bowls designed by Yasuhiro Suzuki ( Littrell D, 2007).

The reviews of Cheng Tsung Feng’s works “Desk Egg”:

 Make A Paperclip Nest – I want this like yesterday. The aptly names Nest is a magnetic shaped egg you need to coddle and care for by building a nest of paperclips. Keeps it stable and like any good mother, you may get a wonderful surprise after a few months. I’m totally kidding about that although if anything hatches, please write me. That deserves a story.


Hara, K. 2007, Designing Design, Lars Muller, 2nd printing edition, Baden

Littrell, D. 2007, Articulating and demonstrating the epitome in modern design, viewed 27 May 2015, < http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/cr/rR3S0IFX2WAE4HZ/ref=aw_cr_i_3&gt;