Design project TU Eindhoven, the Netherlands
Co-designers: Olga van Meeteren, Danielle Ooms, Lotte Sluijs

Taki was designed for the course ‘Designing for the Everyday’, in which the qualities embodied in the everyday are addressed from an interaction design perspective. Also, the goal of the course was to explore the relation between designed artifacts and the everyday they are involved in. The final assignment was to design an artifact for an everyday ritual, in this case, water plants. The spiral-like shape allows you to pour the water into the artifact with full engagement. The water flows steadily in round circles until it reaches the earth of the plant. A part of the water gets absorbed by the plant and the remaining of it drips into the reservoir beneath the plant. This water can be reused by pouring it back into the watering pot.

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.

Eva van der Born
Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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