How might we inherit Eastern tradition - rice wine culture, in modern society?
Type Product Design / Interaction Design
Context BFA Industrial Design, China Academy of Art
A traditional oriental activity that (of a gathered crowd) drink wine from a winding canal with one cup floating on it so as to wash away ominousness.
EBB/FLOW provides a new way to drink yellow wine with friends. There are three pumps hidden in cylinders, and five pieces can be rotated to change the flow of water. Placing a glass of wine in it, it will stop in front of a person, then that person should drink the wine.
Put your glass in and let it flow...
Ebb / Flow is a device that inspired by this valuable eastern tradition and brings back the philosophy to modern society. It consists of three water pumps which form reflux and five metal pieces which can be rotated to change the flow.
Ebb/Flow creates such an environment; it is the 'river' when friends relax and drink together. Place a glass of wine in it, rotate any metal piece, let glass flow with the water randomly till it stops in front of one person. Users have no idea where the glass will stay after changing the direction of the current. The device games the drinking experience and starts the conversations between users. Make people think about the infinity and randomization of life. Let glasses flow, let the conversation flow, let emotions flow, let time flow, let the life flow.
The shape of Ebb/Flow was inspired by Chinese arts and designed in a minimalist way. Instead of building a mold of a river, the round form, and curves pieces could improve the water flow better compared with geometric shapes and represent a more modern lifestyle. The color choice is black, because of the rice wine glasses are often made of light color porcelain. In an eastern cultural aspect, the round shape represents reunion and perfection.
The Use Scenarios:
Ebb/Flow can be applied in places such as individual's homes, bars, and restaurants. People who love drinking wines would celebrate such tradition in a novel and modern way.
In a cultural aspect, Ebb/Flow brings the eastern tradition back to modern society and educates people about it. On the other hand, it and creates a novel and meaningful drinking experience and triggers the conversations to make people think about the infinity and randomization of life.