Water Table and Framed Mirror, China by ARCHSTUDIO

Reinterpretation of table and mirror

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Water Table


I have been focusing on the inharmony among nature, life and human beings, and I often think about the relationship between nature and man, and how people and nature can have dialogue with each other. When I am in the nature, I am sometimes touched by the spirit of nature, which attracts people to be close to it, people and nature are combined into one, and people become a part of nature. By staring at the tracks of flowing water frequently, I feel the time, space, and life. The water table comes from my reinterpretation of the water waves. A 3d visual sense and a moving feeling are achieved through showing the vortex water waves in a 2d plane. The table top is flat, and there is no real change of the vertical vortex.

▼水桌一览,overview of the water table


The elliptical table edge defines the basic outline of moving water. The table is used when people are sitting aside, so that its height considers the changes of people’s visual dimension and angle. Between the sensory threshold of distance change, the principle of pseudoblepsia causes the visual changes by flowing water vortex, rapidly or slowly, just like a pond of dynamic water that lets us feel it, interact with it and dialogue with nature. Human is an important element in the design of the water table since people’s movement drives the water table’s “movement”, and the interaction between people and product is in the middle of this.

▼人的使用行为人在水桌的设计中成为重要的元素,human is an important element in the design of the water table


Two different woods, namely, walnut and Manchurian ash were selected for the table. The deep and light lines constitute the texture of the top. The water waves are flowing clockwise, while the grains of walnut and manchurian ash are moving irregularly and transversely, and it is such wooden lines in different directions that creates the alternant feeling of movement, the closer we are, the stronger it is. And when we are still, the lines are still. We focus on the subtle changes of the natural wood texture, and we also need the sense of texture, it’s just like touching the calm water.

▼桌几选择胡桃木、水曲柳两种不同肌理的木质,深浅木纹交错构成桌面纹理,水纹方向为顺时针漩涡;two different woods, namely, walnut and Manchurian ash were selected for the table, and the deep and light lines constitute the texture of the top, while the water waves are flowing clockwise

▼桌面细节,detail of the table surface


Framed Mirror


The relationship between man and space is the key in this work. This space is created by the relation between the cube and its six sides, as well as the visual change between the 2d framed mirror and 3d space. Sometimes the framed mirror is 2d and sometimes it’s 3d.

▼框镜其中的一种排布方式,one way of layout



The action of people who involved in it becomes the element of the movement in space. The framed mirror consists of frames and mirrors, whose inside can be empty or inserted with mirror. The frame can be assembled freely, and when people are inside the frame and mirror, the space is relatively static, but when people are moving, the boundaries of the frame divide their portrait at the same time, and as the angles of the combined modules are different, the moving fragments of the portrait create changes of montage images visually, one image connects or breaks with another. It’s difficult for people to accurately capture the image they want in the space game, they need to look for angles and directions, and this is the rule of the game.

▼框镜的另一种排布方式,二维镜框产生了三维效果;the other way of layout, in which the two-dimensional mirror frames become a three-dimensional object



The framed mirror is composed of three parts, which can be freely combined and connected. The space can switch from 2d to 3d. Based on the combination of the three parts, the user can change their form according to the nature and of atmosphere the space at any time. The frame is made of pear wood, which is hard and has exquisite texture. Choosing a wooden frame is to improve the product’s natural quality. Meanwhile, the sections of the mirror are prismatic instead of square, so that the torsional feeling of the lines is enhanced and the pseudoblepsia is increased. The mirror is made of mirror acrylic instead of ordinary mirror, so as to reduce the weight of the frame and make it easy to be assembled at any time.

▼框镜截面采用等边棱形代替方形,线条扭转面因此增强,加强视错;meanwhile, the sections of the mirror are prismatic instead of square, so that the torsional feeling of the lines is enhanced and the pseudoblepsia is increased


Designer:Li Xiaoming
Photographer:Jin Weiqi

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