This was my final project for my bachelor of science “Industrial Design Engineering”. For this project we were given a company (Zens) to analyse as a group and eventually individually choose a direction for a design. I went for designing a mix between two cultures: Dutch and Japanese through research and design. For that I went to a museum about the Japanese tea culture to learn more about their design and philosophy about tea.
Based on that knowledge and a Dutch market analysis, I designed three concept to be chosen by the company. All concepts implemented aesthetics from the Japanese culture with the classic Japanese cup form factor on the double walled glass and tea pot. The three mugs have the inside coated and traditional materials were used on the handles: bamboo, clay and stoneware.
The double walled glass was selected and improved by surveying 20 Dutch people and get their side of the philosophy. This research resulted in a half way up double walled glass.
The top part is single walled and will be hot to the touch to reheat your hands which a lot of people appreciated and to feel the temperature of the tea. During the research people didn’t like double walled glasses because they would burn their tongues and couldn’t warm their hands.
The bottom half is double walled, so you can still hold the glass without burning yourself and this also keeps the drink warm for a longer time.
The design itself is based on the curvature of Japanese tea cups with the use of bamboo which was also used for accessories. It also fits inside the portfolio of the company Zens, maintaining their design style, production techniques and material use.