Concave-Convex Mortise and Tenon Blocks by Shanghai Art and Design Academy

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Concave-Convex

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Mortise and Tenon Blocks

INSPIRATION:
The project takes Luban lock as the design source, and obtains new inspiration from the mortise and tenon structure of Chinese traditional culture. Luban lock is difficult to remove and build for the children under the age of 6 .Therefore, this project attempts to design by simplifying the mortise and tenon structure, combining mortise and tenon with building blocks. The goal is to encourage children over 1 year old to complete the free assembly of simple mortise and tenon.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The tenon and mortise building blocks are 211 pieces in total, extracted from the traditional Chinese tenon and mortise structure and simplified into 30 simple tenons and mortises (such as square dovetail, T-shaped tenon, etc.) suitable for young children to play. The tenon and mortise are made of dark black walnut wood and light beech wood, respectively. In the process of finding partners for each tenon, children can learn the wisdom of the ancients.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This set of building blocks simplifies the complicated details of traditional mortise and tenon in the design scheme, and simplifies 30 kinds of mortise and tenon structures as the main building source. The design has three levels of difficulty: basic version, advanced and high-level version. 1)The basic version is aimed at children over 18-month-old, finding the corresponding mortise and tenon for each color, understanding the mortise and tenon structure, and exercising the ability to solve problems;2)Based on the cognition of the mortise and tenon structure, the advanced version is suitable for children over 3 years old to play. With the specific material form as a reference, by assembling two or more basic mortise and tenon, the combination can be built into specific forms such as butterflies, sun, rockets, chairs, etc., to enhance children's graphic imagination and creativity;3)The high-level version is based on the mortise and tenon structure, and focuses on the modular design of building specific material forms, such as the construction of micro-architecture scenes, the construction of story theme background and other complex large-scale space construction, which improves children's spatial imagination and logical reasoning ability, and is suitable for children over 6 years old to challenge.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Start in September 2022 and end in March 2023,Shanghai

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Toys, Games and Hobby Products Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Woodworking machine carving and manual detail processing

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Package size: 220mm*195mm*280mm, Material: Beech, Black Walnut

TAGS:
Traditional culture, mortise and tenon structure, educational toys, preschool children

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Mortise and tenon, it is a main structural method of traditional Chinese architecture, furniture and other instruments. It is a connection method combining concave-convex parts on the two components. The protruding part is called tenon (or tenon); The recessed part is called mortise (or mortise, mortise). The utility model is characterized in that the nail is not used on the object, and the mortise and tenon are used to reinforce the object.

CHALLENGE:
This toy has high requirements for the accuracy of mortise and tenon joint clearance. The joint between mortise and tenon cannot be too loose or too tight. The manual polishing process requires more costs.

ADDED DATE:
2023-03-14 20:50:24

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Xiaoyang Feng
Huan Liu
Sha Yang

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Shanghai Art and Design Academy

Visit the following page to learn more: https://www.sada.edu.cn/ch/


CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Shanghai Art and Design Academy

PROFILE:
Shanghai Art and Design Academy is the only independent art and Design Vocational College in Shanghai. It is the only higher vocational college in Shanghai to undertake the pilot of the reform of the national education system. New entrepreneurial experience in Colleges and universities.Shanghai Art and Design Academy has gradually formed the development thought of "inheriting tradition, creating the contemporary era and expanding the future", and has accumulated a strong comprehensive strength for running schools.



NOMINATION DETAILS

Concave-Convex Mortise and Tenon Blocks by Shanghai Art and Design Academy is a Nominee in Toys, Games and Hobby Products Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Concave-Convex Mortise and Tenon Blocks by Shanghai Art and Design Academy is Winner in Toys, Games and Hobby Products Design Category, 2022 - 2023.



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