Silent Machine

A tea set, Silent Machine was given its function based on aesthetic interpretations of much functionalized forms. While each object is individually seen as an aesthetic ornament, its beauty can be recognized when it functions as one of the elements composing the whole. Mathematical silhouettes and details evoke mechanical and rigid images.

The story dates back to the Machine Age. Machines in that period kept running in the fast lane and led to a new world overwhelmed with ambitions and wishes towards innovation. Having been created through mathematical sophistication and geographically defined forms designed for functionality and efficiency, machines at that time contributed to a fertile ground for revolutionary movements in modern design and created new concepts of beauty. Nevertheless, in the course of time, machines became relics of the Industrial Age.

They are still with us transforming themselves into more intelligent tools through evolving technology, but the glorious moments enjoyed by their existence in the fast lane are fading into the mists of history now covered with rust. No longer alive, no longer remarkable but the Machine-age machines have stories that make them more beautiful than they were. The stories remain in their times and evoke encompassing, though silent beauty. A tea time with them will deepen its value by their hidden stories and strength.  (Photograph by Eunjae Lee. 2012)

The Silent Machine project began with the intent to overhaul marginalized things through a new perspective enabled by the passing time. It seeks to look at things that had never been regarded from an aesthetic point of view and to prove that such things can be recognized in a different context and even become sources of inspiration in our daily lives. In addition, I want to commemorate these machines, a driving force during their time, designed with a heart full of respect and awe. I now applaud them with much admiration. I do pay my respects to the virtue of long-suffering and humble labor hidden under their splendid accomplishments.

Eun jae Lee

Dining can be quite a messy affair. Hoverware can helf keep things tidy by preventing contact between the silverware and the table surface, minimizing foos stains. It also keeps the silverware clean when dining in a public place such as an outdoor picnic table.

Stainless steel and bamboo utensils that incorporate a small stand on the under side to prevent contact with the table surface and reduce mess.

Manifesto Architecture

Korable Block is an interactive tool for learning the Korean alphabet. Created by New York City designer Si-Yeon Min, it is the first hands-on Korean language game of its kind. Korable Block, a wordplay on “Korean syllable,” is made of four wooden blocks hand-printed with Korean alphabet characters. The blocks can be combined to create over 120 single-syllable words including numbers, days of the week, foods, nature words, body parts, and more.

Korable Block is entirely handmade in the USA. The blocks, tray, and silk-screened corrugated box are handmade in Grand Rapids, Michigan, by legendary block makers at Uncle Goose. The booklet is printed in Brooklyn, New York.

Korable Block

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