Nova Heater by Chang Hee Lee

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Nova

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Heater

INSPIRATION:
The interactive features and the emotional aspects of the heat.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Heating Nova is a heating radiator unit mostly built from titanium and aluminum. The surface of the heater constantly interacts with the growing heat from the bottom and dramatically marks and records itself with traces or patterns of the expanding heat on the outer surface of the heater as time passes. This marriage between its functional element and the material’s features creates a dramatic juxtaposition of the object, which is about oneness of the object, creating a perfection of a functional identity by beautifully linking its function and the object’s features.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Heating Nova is an exquisite product that can poetically express the principles of the heat emerging and growing into spaces, which also deliberately states the expanding emotional value of the warm heat. It possesses the symbolic property of the heat by using a rare thoughtful combination of the material and its function. It uniquely communicates with its own regular practice and will record itself with the growing heat and all these scenarios will ask users to broadly perceive and interpret the comprehensive meaning of the heat. It is a heating agency with a fundamental value of the heat created by unique juxtaposition.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2008 in Beijing and finished in May 2009, and was exhibited in CAFA (Central Academy of Fine Arts) in July 2009.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
I carried out a variety of experiments to find out the different expanding gradational effects between heat and various materials; I burnt several types of metal sheets, including bronze, titanium, aluminium, steel and copper all in different sizes and thicknesses. Metals like copper and bronze are dangerous when heated because of their fusible feature. During the heating process, I could actually see the rapidly growing gradation effect from the core heating point between the heat and the material. ‘Heating Nova’ will gradually show its expanding performance as time passes.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 550 mm x Depth 36 mm x Height 825 mm

TAGS:
Heating Nova, Nova heater, Heating unit, Expansion, Chang Hee LEE, Character, Heater design, Aesthetic, Oneness, Harmonization

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
I personally made all the materials and parts of Heating Nova: not only cleaning, but also engraving and polishing the surface of titanium with sandpaper, which is a very classical way of production. I tried to make it look consistent to show my understanding of detail and the material’s features. I also constructed it with a stable structure and made sure that the titanium surface had a well-polished unique quality. During the cleaning process I lost some fingernails when I used hydrochloric acid. It is also possible to say that all the various experiments I did for creating Heating Nova show the alchemical aspects of my design processes.

ADDED DATE:
2013-02-11 12:04:06

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Chang Hee Lee, 2012.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Central Academy of Fine Arts

PROFILE:
China Central Academy of Fine Arts or CAFA (simplified Chinese: 中央美术学院; traditional Chinese: 中央美術學院; pinyin: Zhōngyāng Měishù Xuéyuàn) is an advanced academy of Chinese fine arts under direct charge of Department of Education in China. The Manila Bulletin called the school "China’s most prestigious and renowned art academy".[1] It was founded in April, 1950, as a result of merger between National Art School in Beiping (国立北平艺术专科学校) and the department of fine arts at third campus of North China University. Mao Zedong wrote the school name. The history of "National Art School in Beiping" might date back to the founding of "National School of Fine Arts in Beijing" in 1918, advocated by the notable educator, Cai Yuanpei. It was the first national school of fine arts in Chinese history, and also the beginning of Chinese modern education of fine arts. The former principals of CAFA include Xu Beihong, Jiang Feng, Wu Zuoren, Gu Yuan and Jin Shangyi. Current president is the painter and historian of fine arts, Prof. Pan Gongkai. Current Vice President is renowned contemporary artist, Xu Bing. Current secretary of CPC's committee is Yang Li. Current director of academic commission is the oil painter, Prof. Jin Shangyi.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Nova Heater by Chang Hee Lee is a Nominee in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Nova Heater by Chang Hee Lee is Winner in Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design Category, 2012 - 2013.

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