The beauty of objects is not easily expressed in a few words. Only by touching and appreciating them personally can we do justice to these everyday beauties. Yasuhiro Kurokawa, a master designer from Japan, starts from the daily act of eating and brings the beauty of simplicity to its extreme. The philosophical charm of the ZK Blessing Bowl, designed by him, seems to rise from the smoke of everyday life.
The pure white body of the bowl has no patterns or colors, but it offers an excellent visual aesthetic from any angle.
The designer's original intention was to create a design for a single person's meal, yet it provides a complete set of bowl, plate, tray, chopsticks, spoon, and holder, giving a sense of ceremony to a meal for one. The shape of the tableware is simplified to the extreme, but every curve conforms to ergonomics, making it incredibly comfortable to hold.
The ZK Blessing Bowl is a work designed by Yasuhiro Kurokawa, a master designer from Japan, for the home brand Zhepin.
Yasuhiro Kurokawa is hailed as a representative figure who pioneered a new era of Japanese architecture and industrial design. He successfully integrated Eastern and Western aesthetic concepts into an elegant artistic style.
The cedar bowl, chopsticks, and chopstick holder designed by Yasuhiro Kurokawa reflect the natural and fresh texture of the material itself.
His works are important collections of the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York, USA. His designs mainly include lighting, cameras, jewelry, watches, industrial products, etc.
As a child, Kurokawa liked to sneak off to the creek to fish and swim. Although his famous architect father, Kisho Kurokawa, thought he was "naughty" and "the hardest to manage", these were joyful childhood memories for him. It was his exploration and discovery of nature during his childhood that gave him a more rustic and genuine understanding of tableware: "In the most primitive times, people went to the river to drink water, using their hands to scoop it up, but the water would flow through their fingers. This led to the appearance of vessels for holding things - bowls." For bowls and plates, these "most basic tableware", Mr. Kurokawa uses a new perspective and cosmology to discover the aesthetic interest and philosophy hidden in the tableware.Play
The source of his design is the simplest and purest circle. Bowls and plates are round utensils, viewed from above they are perfect circles, and from the side they are elliptical extensions, just like each independent rotating planet in the universe ultimately forms a colorful galaxy. With the continuous change of the ellipse, different diameters, different depths, different vessels are formed.
99% of the bowls in the world are not perfectly curved when cut in half. Only the ZK Blessing Bowl has that perfect curve on the elliptical cross-section.
Ceramics, in a firing environment of over 1300 degrees, will become as soft as jelly and are extremely prone to deformation and collapse. To achieve this perfect curve, nearly half of the products will be eliminated. Crafted with exquisite craftsmanship, the ZK Blessing Bowl has a one-in-a-million perfect curve.
Ordinary ceramic spoons are designed with holes, while the ZK Blessing Bowl spoon is a hole-less design. Due to the characteristics of ceramic craftsmanship, the ZK Blessing Bowl spoon must be suspended in the air during firing. After firing, the hanging part at the end of the spoon will be removed and the connection will be polished. Therefore, the end of the spoon will appear unglazed, which is not a product defect.
The ZK Blessing Bowl not only has an extreme form of beauty, but also has strong plasticity in its use function. Its inherent simplicity gives the ZK Blessing Bowl a wide adaptability. It can accommodate food from all over the world, carrying and embracing different regional food cultures. Randomly combined with different tableware, it can create a rich and independent dining experience.