Salt and Pepper set Boeien by Puik Art
Earlier I wrote about Puik Art and a monthly introduction to their designers here on the blog. And the great opportunity to win one of the beautiful designs! This month it’s Ka-Lai Chan: a talented Dutch product designer with roots in China.
About the designer
What first drove you to start designing?
I always liked to create things when I was young. Drawing and doing handicraft was what I liked the most. I also liked to change stories or doing things different. A silly example is that when my little sister was playing sweetly with her dolls and barbies in a perfect home-made small little house with a beautiful story, when I grabbed a huge plush elephant and I said: “And then, all of a sudden, there was a giant elephant coming who smashed everything by dancing and swinging his trunk!” It was pretty mean, but funny as well. This is also what I’m always trying to show in my designs. An exciting different story and view. My teacher at the secondary school told me about the product design school. A new world was opening for me. I didn’t know that something like product design existed. Since then I’m designing.
What inspires your passion for design?
Everything around me inspires me. From nature, buildings, structures, patterns, existing products to human behaviors. I see things in a different way and I try to translate this into my work, so people can experience them in a different way. My works are minimal, I love simplicity in a design. How can I make a product more valuable and beautiful by using less.
Do you have an overall design statement for your work?
Through my creations I want to uncover the hidden value of ordinary objects and materials, letting people look at the beauty of things and experience them in a way they normally wouldn’t have noticed.
What are your favorite designers, photographers, artists .. and why?
How do you feel about the future of design?
I think a lot of old, traditional products will come back in our houses. There are so many new things happening in the world of design, like 3D printing. I think it gets a bit overwhelming and people will want to go back to the older traditional products, where they have memories and connection with. A mix of new and old products will make an interesting unique match. I think it’s very important for us as designers to design and create products which are timeless, sustainable, functional and fairly made. There’s already so much waste in our world. Every day new design and products are born. Therefore, it’s important to add something valuable to people and this world.
Can you share the story behind ‘Boeien’? And other details and particularities?
Boeien is a beautiful and unique salt and pepper set made of hand blown glass and cork. This selection of materials ensures for a surprising appearance. Because the cork has a convex bottom, Boeien may slightly rock like buoys at sea. This provides a dynamic and playful feel at the table.
This video shows a brief introduction about the designer and salt and pepper set Boeien (in Dutch).
Get your own set of Boeien! All you have to do is leave a comment in the section below: what do you think of this salt and pepper set design? Within one week we will randomly choose a winner. He or she will be contacted via email. Good luck!
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