In this project “Transfigured Edge”, I mainly focus on one of the elements that shows the “personality”, or even “identity”, of a restaurant —  tableware. Specifically, this project is trying to answer the question of how technology assists with the expression of a restaurant’s “personality” in the crafting process of tableware.

The body movements include tons of information, and they are also a natural expression of an individual’s  personality.  A chef from sushi restaurants, fine dining restaurants, or small joints have different types of chefs, and each chef has their particular types of body movement in the kitchen.

By capturing the body movement with digital productions, the utensils which carry the meaning of body language can also bear the meaning and personality of the chef and a restaurant — they could be (but not limited to) “bold” or “conservative” — which is also not capable of capturing through purely traditionally handcrafting.

My design intention of final objects is to incorporate the flow of body movement into the physical form. The finished products are three pieces of tableware, including a bowl, a plate, and a tea cup. A twisted composition of tableware is additionally enhancing the expression of the chef’s personality through vivid body-movement flow.

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