Looking at the range of articles on the site you may find it surprising that I draw inspiration from not only traditional craft but also industrial manufacture. For me, looking back through history at all areas of design is a big part of the creation process, I strongly believe that any designer not doing a similar thing are at a serious disadvantage. Like all things in life you have to find that balance, you can’t deny the benefits of modern technology and the advances that have been made, so industrialised objects need to be accounted for.
I found these works on Yenwen Tseng’s website, an industrial designer from Taichung, Taiwan. After graduating from Konstfack in Stockholm and an internship at Todd Bracher Studio in New York, he started his own studio in 2011. The aim of his studio is to re-evaluate everyday objects, making minor changes to keep life familiar yet fresh. A few standouts include the EASY clock and TRAPEZIUM stool. Although there are many other examples in his portfolio some of the simplest solutions have an intriguing concept, UNDERLINE is only a narrow wooden shelf for the hallway but it works as a reminder to ensure that people won’t leave something important at home, just as if you were ‘underlining’ something.
Yenwen has created a selection of objects that do not boast, they withdraw in to the background, generating space and order. This mentality could be seen as a form of meditation for the user, generating a level of calm that allows people to come to themselves. Each clearly communicates it’s meaning and has a poetic sense of harmony and balance. Its design is entirely directed towards the comfort of the user, to improving their lives in small but important ways. This will have most meaning and will cause the objects to stand the test of time.