SwordLion Metal Postcard PenHolder by ChungSheng Chen and ChangHsien Cho

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
SwordLion

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Metal Postcard PenHolder

INSPIRATION:
I was inspired by the Chinese Minnan cultural heritage and element of Anping Swordlion in Tainan, an old city of Taiwan. In the past, in Anping old street, each house would hang a SwordLion on the door frame or the walls became the identification of the resident, they have different facial expressions, none of them are identical. Currently, there are only 30 to 40 Sword Lions left in Anping. I wish to preserve this unique culture totem and let the world know.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
This is an integration of postcard and penholder in a series of cultural creative souvenir. By using laser carving technique and foldable metal structure mechanism designed, Anping SwordLion totem along with the Chinese 5 elements philosophy. Greetings, notes or doodles can be made on the graphical metal sheet and sent as a postcard, which to be bent and folded into a penholder later on, presenting a unique style of gift and stationery.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This series of SwordLion-Metal Postcard Penholder consist of 5 pieces which differences by their facial features and colors, sold in historical tourist spots. Bright and beautiful colors, lively look expression designed of the traditional SwordLion. You May write down greetings and notes or just doddles on it, to send it as a postcard to a friend in every corner of the world. Instead receiving it as a postcard, one may find it interestingly foldable into a penholder later on. Collect all 5 element pieces to make it a pack of SwordLion statue penholder standing on your desktop.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
This project was partially funded by Government grant, started in March 2015 in Taiwan, and finished the designed and pilot production in July 2015, it was exhibited in Taiwan Creative Expo in April 2016, Japan Tokyo GIFTEX, Home Gift Interior Trade Fair in July 2017 and Paperworld in Germany Frankfurt January 2018. Silver Award of Good 10th Creative Tainan 2016 by Tainan City Government Cultural Affairs Bureau.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Production Tech: Laser Cutting and Engraving. Material: Galvanized Sheet metal. Painting: Powder Paint Coating.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Color:GoldenMetal, GreenWood, BlueWater, RedFire, YellowEarth Dimension:L20.6*W12.6*H1mm Package:200p Coated Post Card Paper

TAGS:
Postcard, Penholder, Swordlion, Foldable, Bendable, Metal, Chinese 5 elements

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
This project was partly initiated by Tainan City Government, giving helping to a local sheet metal factory to transform and upgrade by design into the aptness of cultural creative industry. I came out an idea of deriving local cultural elements by design, after lots of studied and researched done on the Anping old street in Tainan, SwordLion totem was chosen and transferred into a creative stationery. Moreover, in order to preserve and widespread of the unique cultural element, postcard and penholder functions were integrated, outcome as a special gift to be sold in tourist hot spot.

CHALLENGE:
The creativity within this design lies in the transformation of the tradition sword lion facial features and combining Chinese 5 elements philosophy of Metal, Wood, Water, Fire and Earth into a more interesting colorful graphical illustration. In order to preserve and spread out the culture totem, postcard and penholder takes into account, making it as a gift and souvenir, the Fold and Bend structure mechanism designed on a sheet metal is another challenging issue.

ADDED DATE:
2018-02-21 09:36:48

TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
ChungSheng Chen, Tainan University of Technology, Acdesign Associates International Co.,Ltd, ChihHua Kuo, Taiwan Innovation Metal Corporation and ChangHsien Cho.

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: WeiZhe Jiang,2018.
Image #2: Allyson Li, 2017.
Image #3: WeiZhe Jiang,2018.
Image #4: ChungSheng Chen,2016
Image #5: ChungSheng Chen,2016

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Copyrights belong to ChungSheng Chen, acdesign associates International Co.,Ltd, 2015.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
ACDC Creative

PROFILE:
ACDC Creative is a brand that focusing on the designers’ passion towards their daily life. They design and create products with full passion, supported by the world class quality and exquisite manufacturing Technology. Condensing different design thinking with variety of materials and production methods, resonate with each other that bring out the creative spark to manifest multi diversification of aesthetic style, showing the value of cross-over in design thinking.Happy Garden in Riotous Color as the essence of the design, bringing the glorious harmony, joyful and pleasure atmosphere, presenting passionate energy from the inner depths of the designers, to create the infinite fascination world with Smile + Happiness + Enjoyment.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Swordlion Metal Postcard Penholder by Chungsheng Chen and Changhsien Cho is a Nominee in Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Swordlion Metal Postcard Penholder by Chungsheng Chen and Changhsien Cho is Winner in Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design Category, 2017 - 2018.



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