Design project TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Co-designers: Olga van Meeteren, Danielle Ooms, Lotte Sluijs
The underlying values of Taki are heavily influenced by Japanese culture, specifically by Wabi-Sabi. Wabi Sabi is the Japanese aesthetic; it finds beauty in things imperfect, impermanent and incomplete, but also in things organic, asymmetrical and simple (Koren, 1994). Therefore, the design decisions resulted in artifact completely made by hand, out of natural materials including soapstone, oak wood, and bee wax. Because of the lack of big soupstones, another Wabi-Sabi technique called Kintsugi is for glue different soapstone parts mixed with powdered gold. The aim of this method is to show that broken objects are not something to hide but to display with pride.