Home, my place

“Home, my place” is a series of door handles.

On 11th, March, 2011, earthquake and tsunami struck Japan. The massive impact of the nature’s great power had changed people’s life and their view forever in one night. People no longer seek for materials and properties as their priority, but heart-warming human connection which shall provide inter-reliable mental comfort and relief.

“Calamity is man’s true touchstone” – Beaumont and Fletcher

This catastrophe led me to a deeper thought – “What is the real essence of luxury if we take the desire of material away…?”

I believe that happiness, relief, and emotional attachment are the pith and marrow of luxury, and Home, the port of our heart, is the place where we can find them all. Having a place that we truly belong to is the most luxurious thing. In my design, I would like to enhance the relation between human and home.

Door handle, as an in-between object, spatially connects the inside and the outside, home entering and leaving. It is the medium that reveals and increases the notion of space shifting. Through inviting and playful shapes, ”Home, my place” not only practically connects human and home, but also transfers the action into emotionally-attaching memories, which eternally bind one and his/her family tightly. An organic shape of handles that fits human grips makes door opening warm and comfortable. For adults, it is easy to grab, and for children and elders, pushing or pulling are similarly effortless.

Through sample and sincere shapes invite you to touch the handle. As an object, the door handle represents the relieving warmth of home.

Key as a part of your room works not only about function, but also for an intimate relationship with you and your room.

The shapes of handle and key hole are inspired by the feeling of the human touch.

Motherly softness and warm living energy can be felt in the door handle.

Bring a part of your home outside with you as a protection charm.

Research drawings

Shape research

Home, my place : Door handle series
June 2011
Ecal / Master Diploma project
Material: Bronze with Chrome plating

Crystal, pop / for Baccarat

A lollipop featuring Baccarat’s characteristic flat-cuts of traditional Harcourt glass.

“It will be happy if we can share the Harcourt’s tradition and beauty through traditional handmade sugared candy in Milan.” It was the first thought came up in my head.

In this Baccarat project, I reinterpreted the its icon, the famous Harcourt glassware, for its 170 years anniversary in 2011. The design of this glassware has not changed since it was created, and is has become a classic of the diplomatic world, used on the table of Napoleon III to that of Jean-Paul II.

“Look like sugared candy! It seems yammy.” Crystal pop, idea came up by visiting to the baccarat’s factory in Lorraine, where I discovered crystal glass-making, with the monumental ovens and the millimetric precision of the production process of pieces that are still made by hand today.

The beauty of crystal and candy are both born in fire, also have a lot of similarities on making, coloring and decoration techniques. The fusion creates the Crystal pop. It shines in your hand, sweets your mouth and heart.

Crystal lollipop were gifted at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan 2011. People can enjoy eatable crystal and Baccarat’s crystal together in the exhibition. It was success to share a happy aspect of Baccarat’s history through traditional friendly product.

A Crystal pop, inspired by Baccarat’s Harcourt glass flat-cuts.

Various similarities on Candy and Crystal making.

Research into decoration techniques used in both sugar candy and crystal making

Crystal pop & its package, gifted in Salone Internazionale del Mobile, 2011

Crystal pop : Lollipop
April 2010
Company : Baccarat
Material: Sugar

Guest teachers : Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby
Candy manufactureing : Denis Villa
Pictures by : ECAL-Julien Chavaillaz /Fumiko Ito

Time, goldshell / for Audemars Piguet

Audemars Piguet is a legendary swiss watch company. it was established in 1875. The project was asked by Audemars Piguet to give free rein to their imaginations and shake up a bit the brand’s DNA.

“Gold shell” is a poetic representation of natural structures and landscapes. On the face of Gold Shell, each layer symbolizes the accumulation of time and is shaped by incomparable craftsmanship. Sensitive diamond arrangements bring you to a meditational aspect of time, the innate transience of which is evident in the delicate feeling of this watch.

Gold Shell carved Audemars Piguet’s brilliant history and also start to curve our own future.

“Gold Shell” is inspired by the changing and layering of nature through time.

Each layer represents a slice of Audemars Piguet’s evolutionary history and diamonds highlight its glory moments.

The transition between elegant organic form and flat-cut let the Gold Shell fit quietly on the wrist, like a tranquil time stream.

Time, goldshell : fully functional watch prototypes
December 2010
Company : Audemars Piguet
Material: Rose gold, diamonds

Guest teachers : Ronan bouroullec
Pictures by : Photo ECAL – Damien Ropero / Fumiko Ito

Birth, stone / for Christofle

Christofle, well-known French silver company was founding in mid-19th century. Their traditional birth gift is famous in the world as to be transfered by generation into generation.

Ecal students were asked to design a new silver birth gift which can be have several meaning for the baby’s life.

I designed the baby’s name template which can transform it’s function in the life from as a certification of baby’s birth, practicing of writing into memory of the birth, but it always show an importance meaning “how baby is special”.

Babies’ names are given by their parents.

My message to a future baby through this gift is that “all babies are special and unique just as no two natural stones have the same shape.”

The project was exhibited for Designer’s day in Paris in the Christofle showroom,
9 Rue Royal.

Birth, stone / Name template for Christofle
November 2010
Company : Christofle
Material: Silver

Guest teachers :  Xavier Perrenoud

Dots, transform

“Dots, transform” is a collection of plates which draw the imaginary story through a link of two layers of plate. We can discover infinite possibilities out simplicity and it brings more rich moment in your dinner time.

Pattern of plate is made out of dots which is one of the most primitive and traditional pattern in many civilizations.

Dots are hidden in the patterns of animal plates, like dots can be found everywhere in nature.

The composition of dots opens up our imaginations and takes us one step beyond just seeing.

Dots, transform / Porcelain plates
November 2010
Material: Ceramic

Guest teacher : Pierre Charpin