Symbiosis of Potato+Apple

Apples emit a lot of ethylene gas. It has the effect of speeding up the ripening process of fruits and vegetables kept together with apples. When combined with potatoes, apples prevent them from sprouting.



Verticality of Root Vegetables

Keeping roots in a vertical position allows the organism to save energy and remain fresh for a longer time. This shelf gives a place for them to stand easily, using sand. At the same time, sand helps to keep the proper humidity.



Humidity of Fruit Vegetables
We tend to think zucchini, aubergine, cucumber, etc. as vegetables.But they are biologically fruits. This shelf gives them a space to be outside the fridge. Also through the ritual to water them everyday, they will stay fresh.



Dryness of Spices

Rice absorbs humidity easily. The spice container with rice inside helps spices stay dry without forming into lumps.



Breathing of Eggs

An egg has millions of holes in its shell. It absorbs the odour and substance around itself very easily. This creates a bad taste if it’s kept in the fridge with other food ingredients. This shelf provides a place for eggs outside of the fridge. Also the freshness of eggs can be tested in the water. The fresher they are, the further they sink.

This project is about traditional oral knowledge which has been accumulated from experience and transmitted by mouth to mouth. Particularly focusing on the food preservation, it looks at a feasible way of bringing that knowledge into everyday life. Through the research into the current situation of food preservation, I’ve learned that we hand over the responsibility of taking care of food to the technology, the refrigerator. We don’t observe the food any more and we don’t understand how to treat it.

Therefore my design looks at re-introducing and re-evaluating traditional oral knowledge of food, which is closer to nature. Furthermore, it aims to bring back the connection between different levels of living beings, we as human beings and food ingredients as other living beings. Through the objects of everyday life, design can introduce traditional oral knowledge into people’s lives through their experience of using it. Objects make invisible knowledge evident.

Save food from the fridge

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

Beef Finland 2012 explores the problems of excessive beef production and consumption in both global and Finnish scales and strives to better understand the problem through design. Systems thinking and behavioural economics put together, the project offers 11 different ideas as food for thoughts to different gatekeepers and decision makers in the food system in Finland.



Beef Finland 2012

Seung ho Lee







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