The song of silence

Poetic design, in addition to the design inspiration of puns, product aesthetic and practical combination of expression methods, there are full of philosophical and spiritual source. The subtle influence of using some natural elements of the audience, such as wind blowing across the forest, can let a person naturally associated with the comfortable, quiet, green and fresh air; Then the golden wheat fields, for example, can let a person associate to harvest, abundance and joy; The child’s smile can make people associated with innocence, purity, and goodness. These associations are of race and region, as long as is the human will have such commonality. This is the general public aesthetics.

In my review of the objects content has two designers took a similar design style; they are Tom Gerhardt and Kauro Mende. Stone Mouse which creation by Tom Gerhardt. Tom Gerhardt is particularly obvious was a versatile artist; he is not only a designer, but also a computer developer. As the designer of the hardware and software, he helped many prestigious museum and retail spaces to create interactive system installation. As an artist, Tom Gerhardt tried to reconcile the modern people in the real world and the gap between the digital worlds. To make people feel like playing in the mud easily control the computer. Most recently, Tom and his design partner Dan Provost created the GLIF: one of the world’s first crowd-funded commercial products and subsequently founded Studio Neat, a design practice dedicated to making things simple and making simple things.

In the author’s point of view, Stone, the Mouse will rhythm and rhyme solidification on the hard pebbles. Regular when using the mouse or messy rap as long a short poem, slowly become an essay, or a picture, or a song. But the appearance of the mouse is a rock cold silence, instead, let a person feel solid, reliable, simple and serious. Tom Gerhardt would own the Mouse design became a rock, and named Stone Mouse. This work is mainly composed of a swap sensor base and a piece of ordinary pebbles, any pebbles on the base of the mouse can form a stone. Stone Mouse is Tom Gerhardt’s famous design. Any a stone on the converter can form a fully functional standard mouse. This design challenges the current popular concept of sterile and mass production of the same general digital products, to replace the ubiquitous mouse appearance.


Tom Gerhardt had some other amazing works, such as Mud Tub, Firelight, Morgen and Tresling. Some of these works are Tom design of articles for daily use as artists; some are quite interesting interaction experiment. Among them, the typical interaction experiment is Mud Tub and Tresling, their core idea is to let a person through the study of the change of real world exist to operate the computer. A person in Mud Tub is by playing in wet Mud to control computer, Tresling is cooperated with computer technology to make people playing tetris through the video. These experiments is full of Children’s interest, let people unknowingly extends body movements to the computer and other interface. Morgen is Tom designed one can interact with social software connected device, convenient for people to leave the network after can still like online information with family and friends.


                                                                 Morgen created by Tom Gerhardt


                                                                 Tresling created by Tom Gerhardt


                                                                   Morgen created by Tom Gerhardt

Firelight is a lighting system, Tom, designed the system with the help of switches “fireplace” often makes people think of the warm fire in the home, with the aid of computer, Tom make stable electronic lights flicker under the control of the match performance out the candle and the variation of light and shade in the wood burning.


                                                                 Firelight created by Tom Gerhardt
Tom’s Stone Mouse is similar with Kauro Mende’s design, Anniversary of Matches. In terms of the author’s point of view, the design of ordinary matches made strange feeling. Originally as a match stick has been replaced by a small branch, seemingly vibrant woods, it is going to be burned, this sense of life and death of contradiction on this design to extrapolate. Simple matchstick branches and stones of the mouse, the appearance of simple leaves people endless imagination, always feel that they have any special meaning hidden under the silent and shabby appearance, let a person always not forget for a moment.


                                                       Anniversary Matches created by Kauro Mende

Anniversary Matches is Kauro Mende for 2000: the daily products exhibition design of the 21st century. He is relying on the concept of the dry branches and a match between the collocations to express “dust to dusts, dirt to dirts. Design requirements for the audience to think, the relationship between human and fire in an open space for thinking across tens of thousands of years, our ancestors in the primitive times of the intimate contact with fire, by wisdom, he mastered the fire. Look at this design, the shape of the branches, although messy but still beautiful. Kauro Mende design the purpose of this work is to awaken the existence of the personal feeling. Nature, fire and human relationship with the development of history stretches all the way up to today.


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Poetic and Practical

Poetic design is both aesthetic and practical. It is inevitable outcome in the process of the development of modern society.

The embodiment of the Poetic design in the end is good product. Packaging, both the external form and surface all design of the product must be in rich appreciation at the same time meet the needs of the customer related groups. In the author’s view, poetry is closely connected to the practicability of art and designs the key to sustainable development. Just as Naoto Fukasawa and Winnif Pang’s works.

Naoto Fukasawa, the famous Japanese product designers, household appliances and daily-use sundry design brand “minus” founder. He fought for many famous companies such as apple, Epson brand design, his work in Europe and the United States won dozens of design award. His design idea is: with the least amount of elements (upper and lower tolerance to + / – 0) all the functionality to display products.

In my opinion, Naoto Fukasawa‘s Juice Boxes (set) compared with poetic and the combination of practical philosophy. By the image we can think of the delicious strawberries, fresh fruit juice and happy life. At the same time also makes us think of food safety, resource recycling and environmental protection. With different shape characteristics of the fruit juice boxes for packaging, give a person with the consciousness of intuitive imagination, like Naoto Fukasawa insist his claims as design (with the least amount of elements, to show all the product function). This design of juice boxes is associated with fresh, convenient, delicious, and so on. Works not only reflects the content of the product, but also enjoy the fruits of visually intuitive beautiful color and shape characteristics, meet a lot of young people the need for product packaging “sprout”.


Naoto Fukasawa think design is a kind of life, which in order to satisfy people’s needs, the life style of design is convenient rather than change and complicated. Therefore, a good design must be people-oriented, pay attention to details of life, convenient people’s life habit, and make a design better life. Especially in today’s highly developed social, many designers try to deny the established design, with their own ideas to create a new way of life, thus virtually increased people’s burden of “fit”. The “unconscious design” is not a kind of brand-new design, but pay attention to the details of some other people don’t realize, to enlarge these details, into the original products, sometimes, the change is greater than the creation of a new product. This view we can understand from his work “CD player“.


This is a very concise and practical CD player, just like an exhaust fan, which the most special place is the nostalgic rope switch. Many people in their childhood had repeatedly pull the switch to electric light constantly experience of opening and closing. This design evokes our childhood memories. It makes us review the past and enjoy the wonderful music at the same time, more suitable for restoring ancient ways now. This while reminiscing about nostalgic experience is very wonderful.


Naoto Fukasawa is a meticulous for the “details” of the designer, such as this kind of desk lamp with tray. Let’s imagine a scenario, when to end the day, trudging back home, you will put down the key and then conveniently open the lamp. And the design of this lamp skillfully grasp the details of the lamp base design into the shape of a plate, you can casually the keys into the plate, the lamp will light up automatically; And when are you going to leave, in take the key at the same time, will automatically put out, this desk lamp is the end of the day and the beginning of a new day.

There is a similar work by other designers. His name is Winnif Pang,Hong Kong Winnif Studio Ltd and Zanif design consultant company founder, is committed to promoting the Hong Kong design and individual design brand Winnif and Hoobbe, its products are exported to the United States, Europe, Japan and other countries. His Cracked Up with Naoto Fukasawa has the same effect.


In the author’s point, the Cracked Up put the Oriental porcelain “open” aesthetic into the outward form of his daily fruit basin. Makes the fruit basin abounds irregular visual aesthetic feeling, and convenient in fruit cleaning needs. Taking the scattered solidification in common household products, both full of poetic flavor, and improve the practicality of the products.

The Juice Skin range Fukasawa designed for the Haptic Exhibition at the Takeo Paper Show in 2004 showcases a poetic packaging design to ironically resemble the contents, i.e. fruit juice. Clever manufacturing techniques such as electrostatic flocking used for making Japanese fake restaurant food are one of the methods to achieve a high level of detail. This method both visually and texturally draws the audience in and immediately identifies the packages contents.


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.


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