The Lighting Cup is designed for multifunctional use. It is useable as a teacup and as a delicate lighting cover for the provided LED saucer. When illuminated, moonlit landscape is illustrated gently on the cup.
The landscape illustration of the Lighting Cup revisits the traditional Korean landscape painting (Soomook-sansuwha) in three-dimension which elegantly reflects meditative Asian sentiment with our ‘Affective Artwork’.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The landscape illustration on the Lighting Cup is derived from Soomook-sansuhwa, a traditional Korean landscape painting. Reinterpreted as illuminated ceramic art, the landscape is “drawn” with the variation in thickness of the cup walls.
The Lighting Cup is useable as a teacup and turns into ornamental lighting when combined with a saucer which has an embedded LED. The light is turned on and off with a touch sensor and is powered by a rechargeable battery that supports a Micro-USB connection.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Ceramic cup for lighting and interior design: useable as a teacup and turns into an ornamented lighting cover for LED light at night with delicate illustration of a traditional Korean landscape painting (Soomook-sansuhwa) / The light is turned on and off with a touch interface and is powered by a rechargeable battery that supports a Micro-USB connection
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in August 2015 and finished in December 2015 in Gwangju, South Korea.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Material Used: Cup and Regular Saucer – Ceramic, LED Saucer – Plastic
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Dimensions: Cup (H:65xDia:100), LED Saucer (H:23xDia:140), Ceramic Saucer (H:23xDia:145) / On/Off switch with touch interface / Easy-to-move with rechargeable battery supporting Micro-USB connection / Standard Micro-USB cable compatible (Does not support iPhone cable) / Dimming control for LED brightness (two levels) / Up to 8 ~ 10 hours of continuous LED lighting (at lowest brightness level
cups, Korean landscape painting, LEDs, ornamental lighting, saucer
Originally, I wanted to give ordinary housewares extraordinary function and got the idea on Light Cup through an upset cup.
Lighting Cup is made from translucent white ceramic clay. Korean traditional landscape painting, "Soomook-sansuhwa" is illustrated with translucency variation, which is done by designing the thickness of the cup. Thickness of the cup illustrates the classic Asian landscape painting, reproducing shading characteristic of the traditional ink and delineating traces of mountains.
The lighting ceramic cup is usable as a teacup and as a delicate lighting cover for the provided LED saucer.
Therefore, it should have thinner walls (2~3mm) than normal ceramic cups for better light transmittance.
There was a difficulty in making a ceramic cup with thin walls because the cup shape was distorted during the manufacturing process.
The problem was overcome through lots of trial and error, which led many know-hows on the process.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Bo-hyung Kim and Jin-woog Koo
Image #1: Photographer Jin-woog Koo, lighting ceramic cup,2015
Image #2: Illustretor Jin-woog Koo, concept sketch,2015
Image #3: Photographer Jin-woog Koo, ON & OFF,2015
Image #4: Photographer Jin-woog Koo, Operating picture,2015
Image #5: Photographer Jin-woog Koo, Tea cup,2015
Pending patent. 30-2016-0004396. Republic of Korea
Pending patent. 40-2015-0091765. Republic of Korea