Silent machine. The resonance from the past
What makes an object beautiful? Can the feelings inspired by such an object be analytically defined? If so, what kind of process is needed to do so? How can the subjective interpretation of “beauty” by a designer be communicated with the public? Furthermore, how can personally reflected view coexist with an industrial designer’s responsibility? These were the questions I brought out in the initial stage of research. In the present stage, I set up time and spatial background as though writing down a scenario, and explore these features. The journey to find “beauty” continues with an investigation of physical forms, illuminating immanent values, and moves toward emotional expression via design language. The story of the Machine Age began from a curiosity about aesthetics, and its meaning as one trial by reflecting the perspective of this age and then newly reinterpreting it. The aim of this study was to explore and to define concepts through the industrial artifact-“machine” motif. Furthermore, the investigation was based on materialistic features emphasized as a core subject. As a result of the whole process, it was embodied as a form of a functional product (tea services), and used to generate a new point of view on daily life. Specific research on one industrial product and the possibility of mass production in terms of external factors such as target users, usability, and marketability were exempted from the main focus.