LEISURE & PLAINNESS
Browsing through the work titled ‘Leisure and Plainness’, I checked each photo, trying to trace the studio’s past design trajectory, but it turned out that there were almost no materials in the interior – The scenes that Design Apartment tended to create using materials like wood and iron were all concealed beneath a white world, with only slight shadows from reflected light creating absolute tranquility. Chung-han Tang talked about his design concept by giving a chronicle of the development of the interior design industry. He said that the industry keeps up with the social trends, always adopting materials that represent the spirit of a specific period. For example, interior designers used to incorporate an Ai Wang desk, a piece of furniture made of beech that was a common household sight in the early days of Taiwan; Later, in the 1980s, the rise of Oriental Zen made dark walnut and iron knives increasingly popular; Even bleached oak – a material he noticed during a visit to an exhibition in Milan, Italy – came into public awareness once in a while. In short, the selection of materials in different times epitomizes people’s daily lives in a specific period, thus reflecting a change in space design.
Recently, ‘wabi-sabi’ – a Japanese philosophy of perfect imperfection – has been gaining popularity, with space no longer viewed as precisely as modernism that emphasizes rigid vertical and horizontal lines does, and the rigorousmathematical relationship also giving way to coherence between forms – a fact that has prompted him to stop considering space the way he used to. This design project features microcement that expresses the curves and radians of the interior volume, as well as stresses the four-dimensional space in which time and light flow, with a minimal amount of materials to bring out the essence, combined with the natural textures of the ceiling, walls and floor with a coat of special paint, to simply show light and shadow. Such a subtractive approach is what the homeowner desires. Chung-han Tang said that the owner knows exactly what she wants. Knowing that the mineral particles of the microcement would make the cabinet lines undulate, he made sure this was what she wanted before fixing the storage system and choosing the simple yet strong bulthaup kitchen system accordingly – the two seemed to be in contrast, but with the appropriate radian and curve of the whole room, everything came naturally and fit in without a hitch. After the owner’s family moved in for quite some time, the space was still as new as it
was before, without a clutter whatsoever.
Chung-han Tang was amazed and got a glimpse of a different life style. Axel Vervoordt has reinterpreted the elements of a ‘wabi-sabi’ space, and This project represents such a background, in which the philosophy of ‘imperfection, impermanence, and incompleteness’ embodies the idea that beauty comes naturally with the passing of time.