“When a host picks up the teapot to pour tea for a guest, he or she realizes the relation of giving and to be given.” -Siyang Ziui Chen
The Tea Set design chooses not to distinguish a role between the tea pot and tea cups, but instead measures the boundary between the role of the pot as a manifestation of the cup. Therein the pot is indicative of the, which is indicative of the relationship between the host and guest. The design simplifies movement within each piece as the connection of conversations introcing a visual narative on the play of the tea cup parts across the time of the tea ceremony. Symbolically, the teapot reflects the lack of difference between hosts and guests by merging the two. For a guest who is being served, he or she can reflect on their perspective of the host’s actions. And within this intimate watching, the design stresses their interaction through the styling. This transformation seems simple, but bears the visual impact of these blended roles. Fundamentally, the design aims at asking the audience to ask which object the host the tea, and therein think about how host and guest can have a transformative dialogue.