Pili Wu-Design is a design studio founded by Pili Wu in Taiwan with the aim of enhancing the Taiwanese design visibility in the Asia market. From 2009 to 2013, due to the strong Taiwanese characteristic that his works carry, Pili had been continuously invited to the Milan Design Week and his works were included into the La Triennale di Milano for two consecutive years. Besides Milan, the participation in the 2012 World Design Capital exhibition hosted by Helsinki Design Museum “DesignWorld” which toured around New York, Kyoto, Cologne, Paris, Beijing, Hong Kong and Dubai lead to collaborative opportunities with Hong Kong’s design gallery ILiveTomorrow, Lyngby Porcelain from Denmark, Beijing’s WUHAO Gallery and numerous Taiwan based companies such as Han Gallery, Lin’s Ceramics Studio, JIA Inc, ACERA, Spring Pool Glass, agoood, W Hotel and etc., leading to such joint design products.
Tsé Collection in collaboration with Lyngby Porcelæn (DK) is part of is part of Spazio Nobile’s exhibition Formosa: A New Layer Taiwan meet Yii, in Brussels (BE).
Chinese heritage and modern thoughts
Tsé is a series of refined, lightweight porcelain tableware. The fine and delicate designs came to life through collaboration between Lyngby Porcelain, designer Pili Wu and the Taiwanese Han Gallery. HAN Gallery is based in Taipei, the capitol of Taiwan. Together with a short list of designers worldwide they dig into the rich heritage of Chinese culture. They combine traditional and modern production methods and presents unique works of art. The creative direction of Han Gallery is lead by the Dutch designer and innovator, Gijs Bakker, who also contributed with one of his own designs for the Spring 2015 collection from Lyngby Porcelain.
Contrasts in materials and shapes
The ribbed pattern on Tsé is inspired by the structure of disposable plastic wares used in Taiwanese roadside restaurants. When the patterns are applied to the fine porcelain the ancient craft is brought into an interesting contemporary context.
In the production the porcelain is burned so hard that the products don’t need glazing – instead they are all polished by hand, ensuring a subtle roughness in the texture, which ads another puzzling contrast to the delicate porcelain.
As a part of the Spring 2015 collection Lyngby Porcelain will be presenting 4 products in the Tsé series: teapot, candleholder, bowl, and a set of 3 cups.