Turtle chair Chair by Tsung-Jen Lin

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Turtle chair

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Chair

INSPIRATION:
According to ancient Chinese legend, Kirin, phoenix, dragon, and turtle are regarded as auspicious beast, therefore, since ancient times, Chinese like raising turtle as a symbol of auspiciousness and longevity in tradition. The designer Tsung-jen Lin, who has a special emotion for turtle since childhood, keeps turtles for many years and understands their habitual nature to a certain extent. Generally, Chinese people raising turtles are less likely to restrict their freedom in a glass box for appreciation and more likely to let them walk around room freely. However it is hard to find a comfortable place for turtle in modern residential living space. They looks very confused when they walk along a partition wall of vertical-horizontal space, and relatively they like to hide in caves or in the shadows in nature, that induced a creative design of organic form, both to meet using demand of people and needs of the turtle. Therefore, the turtle chair came into being.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
It is easy to produce a common chair, but the dimensions under the chair can be uncomfortable for turtles. Initial Design simulates turtle’s living space form, and there is a cave with two respective openings as insubstantial part of chair , of which one opening provides entrance for turtle climbing in and out and the upper one offers place for food delivery. On the other hand, it consider about the physiological curve of the human wavy to make a comfortable upper surface for sitting and lying, as a result, two different requirements are combined as a whole.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
It can feel two different strengths live in harmony, that people sit on or lie down the chair comfortably accompanied with the pet to complete a shared life and build the harmony of man and animals, representing the beauty of solidification of natural form.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in August 2014 in Shanghai and finished in November 2014 in Shanghai

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
For fabrication, it incises 77 slices by machine, attaches texture surface on two sides to reduce glare, and splices at an Angle of 45 degrees in order to cut off the top light and hide the chair in special Angle, which breaks the limit of plank and produces interesting visual changes from the appearance of curve coordinate with 45 degree angle.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
dimensions: 1400mmx2200mmx940mm. technical properties : wilsonart

TAGS:
turtle chair, curve, living space, people-oriented, nature

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
According to ancient Chinese legend, Kirin, phoenix, dragon, and turtle are regarded as auspicious beast, therefore, since ancient times, Chinese like raising turtle as a symbol of auspiciousness and longevity in tradition. The designer Tsung-jen Lin, who has a special emotion for turtle since childhood, keeps turtles for many years and understands their habitual nature to a certain extent. Generally, Chinese people raising turtles are less likely to restrict their freedom in a glass box for appreciation and more likely to let them walk around room freely. However it is hard to find a comfortable place for turtle in modern residential living space. They looks very confused when they walk along a partition wall of vertical-horizontal space, and relatively they like to hide in caves or in the shadows in nature, that induced a creative design of organic form, both to meet using demand of people and needs of the turtle. Therefore, the turtle chair came into being. It is easy to produce a common chair, but the dimensions under the chair can be uncomfortable for turtles. Initial design simulates turtle’s living space form, and there is a cave with two respective openings as insubstantial part of chair , of which one opening provides entrance for turtle climbing in and out and the upper one offers place for food delivery. On the other hand, it consider about the physiological curve of the human wavy to make a comfortable upper surface for sitting and lying, as a result, two different requirements are combined as a whole. For fabrication, it incises 77 slices by machine, attaches texture surface on two sides to reduce glare, and splices at an Angle of 45 degrees in order to cut off the top light and hide the chair in special Angle, which breaks the limit of plank and produces interesting visual changes from the appearance of curve coordinate with 45 degree angle. It can feel two different strengths live in harmony, that people sit or lie down comfortably accompanied with the pet to complete a shared life and build the harmony of man and animals, representing the beauty of solidification of natural form. Nowadays most of the furniture design is based on people-oriented, but caring less nature and other creatures. This design expresses the attention on that world is an organic whole. The chair people sit down would be other lives’ house. In the dialectical way, it remind person do not consider only their own feelings, but ignore the other creatures sharing space with us, and finally lean to respect for other creatures, cherish the nature from the perspective of life. People and all species originated from the nature, all living organisms structure the whole life circle. Humans have the right to control but not abuse the power, for example, people have the right to build house, but it can't keep out sunshine of other species; people can build high-speed rail, but should leave a migration path for animals, that shows the most perfect state is that people and other creatures live in harmony. Tsung-jen Lin believes that designers are able to utilize design to respond to human behavior for the world, to awaken their nature yearning, arouse their environmental protection consciousness, evoke the childlike innocence or touch their hearts, ultimately to change people's behavior.

CHALLENGE:
It incises 77 slices by machine, attaches texture surface on two sides to reduce glare, and splices at an Angle of 45 degrees.

ADDED DATE:
2015-01-27 09:23:17

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Tsung-jen Lin

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1,#2,#3,#4,#5: Photographer leo,Shanghai,2015

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Crox International Co., Ltd.

PROFILE:
Crox International Co., Ltd. is established with the belief that the relationship between the users and the environment must reach the state of equilibriums in all space design projects. From metropolis plan, city landscape, interior decoration, exhibition design, scenery creation to window display, Crox has successfully overcome the traditional space definition and presented a new experience of communication without boundaries. Based in Taipei and Milan as one of the world’s most dependable space design firms, Crox embraces every project type from all geographic regions and budget levels. With the enormous energy and insights from the global specialists, the team is committed to collaborating with clients and their ideas. Crox is continuously working in the productive team-cooperation system to deliver the inventive marketing conformity through design satisfaction.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Turtle Chair Chair by Tsung-Jen Lin is a Nominee in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Turtle Chair Chair by Tsung-Jen Lin is Winner in Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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