Artilize reveals their beautiful porcelain design at In bed With Designers Taipei.

Say hello to Artilize, a beautifully traditional brand who will be attending this year’s In bed With Designers Taipei. Artilize will be bringing their historically inspired oriental designs to VVG in Taipei for the third edition of our boutique designer sleepover from October 8 – 12. We caught up with them to find out more about his design outlook and why they is looking forward to this unique event.

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© Artilize – buymedesign

Why are you participating in this year’s In Bed with Designers? In your opinion, what sets this event apart?

The event provides an up close and personal opportunity to interchange thinking with designers. Through this event, we would like to share our experience for the project of working with the National Palace Museum, which is a never-before-seen concept of creating modern objects with the incorporation of royal artifacts which extends back thousands of years.

What makes your designs different and unique?

TALES initiates the TALES for Museum concept, which contains an all-in-one service from brand positioning, the reinterpretation of museum collection, tailor-made product design, marketing planning and store design. We try to use a new color scheme to fit in fashion space now instead of old colors in thousands years ago. Also, we use interesting design strategy for new generations to accept traditional culture (Tea Culture). Most importantly, we combine decorative and useful functions because of the limited space in the city.

© Artilize - buymedesign
© Artilize – buymedesign

What made you choose the Han Dynasty as the inspiration for your work?

In the Han dynasty, artisans commemorated historic events on stone plates, some relics are found with motif stories that are even commonly known nowadays in our country. Such intriguing expression in order to tell a story gave us the inspiration for the idea to create a product with a story behind it; through working with museums from various countries or regions, we share civil beauty and cultural stories anchored in old time wisdom.

Why is ancient influence so important in modern design?

“Where we come from is not just a gadget island, we are custodians of an incredible heritage preserved in the National Palace Museum. As designers we need to think more of finding ways to make old things accessible, not only for the tourists but also our own kids who tend to expel them as fusty and unfashionable. We deem our products as sophistication off springs from masterpieces; that they are a part of a long cultural continuum but are also fresh and fun”, points out Tony Tseng, design director of TALES. “It has been a brand new climate not just for the cross-over design, but also an initiation for a never-before-seen business trend, through the transformation, treasures that once can only be seen behind the windows re-alive and closely adorn our life”. Said Tony Tseng.

“Qianlong Emperor” is the most famous “Tea Emperor” among all. He said “I cannot live a day without tea!” So we use his image to create this tea set. Not only drinking tea, it’s also a decorated item in the home. We combine the tea cup and tea pot to be an innovative tea set. Especially, you can hold the collar of the tea pot to serve tea to create new tea ceremony experience.

© Artilize - buymedesign
© Artilize – buymedesign

 What qualities or features are consistent in each of your designs (colour, material, shape etc.)?  

As early as 200 BC, during the Han Dynasty, artists commemorated historic events on stone plates. Inspired by these great works of art TALES created square and rectangle ornamental stone decopaves that are anchored in ancient tradition and attuned to modern life. Its successful launching since 2004 had given TALES a convincible momentum to step further. In 2013, with the new approach of transforming traditional elegant into modern lifestyle objects, TALES has launched a project to co-work with the National Palace Museum, a treasure-house possessed some 700,000 pieces of the most phenomenal art object, which were evacuated to safety from Forbidden City due to the chaos caused by wars in the early 20th century, and eventually relocated to Taiwan. The design team spends months to research the vast museum collections to find intriguing stories from which a new concept launching exclusively for ceramic items, of all specialties that TALES’s objects have dedicated, which is the richness of arts, cultures and creativities, nonetheless, they are beautifully made with the details full of blessings.

As a designer in 2014, we want to change the way for new generations to appreciate our tea culture from 5000 years ago which are new and interesting. We try to use new color schemes to fit in our fashion space. We also combine decorative and useful functions for the limited space in home. “I am Qianlong” is a set of teaware that will attract many more young people to join and experience the beauty of tea ceremony.

© Artilize - buymedesign
© Artilize – buymedesign

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