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From creative inspirations to design results, it’s always a lengthy and laborious journey to designers. While it is rewarding to win prizes and recognitions, what do those accolades really bring? Are those effects substantial or transient? We ask Hsiang-Han Hsu, whose namesake studio has won in multiple international design contests, about his thoughts and opportunities after those titles.

 

Hsiang-Han Hsu, the founder of Hsiang Han Design.

 

Based on bionic geometry and modular design, many works in Hsiang Han Design explore rhythms and orders in the sophisticated nature. For example, MOZHU uses creative experiments to unveil the significance of contemporary circular design, highlights traditional crafts in Taiwan, and wins Golden Pin Design Award in 2020. Inspired by traditional ink paintings, MOZHU uses glass to transform bamboo form and ink shades into home accessories.

 

MOZHU wins Golden Pin Design Award in 2020.

 

To deliver an ideal form, Hsu reaches out the Spring Pool Glass in Hsinchu. “We are always open to different industries,” says Hsu. “By understanding their cultures, technologies, and limitations, we can explore design options in those crafts, and offer brand new values to products.” MOZHU and its oriental touch are poetic. To represent bamboo joints in the handmade process, it relies on masters and their expertise to control temperature for the organic results.

 

The masters controlled temperature for the organic results.

 

MOZHU creates organic bamboo forms by putting pressures on glass, and delivers ink color shades with thickness.

 

Circular design beyond aesthetic values

After Golden Pin Design Awards, MOZHU continues on its glassware journey. Originally commissioned by an Italian gallery, it later develops into an exhibition Glass in Nature. Tested under fire, the process and the idea have unleashed all kinds of forms. “After working with Spring Pool for two years, I understand glass is much more than production. It involves craft, technology, circular economy, and recycling systems.” To introduce how glass is recycled, crushed, and reborn as design products, Spring Pool organizes the exhibition Glass in Nature.

 

The exhibition Glass in Nature held in Glass Studio + The POOL.

 

Glass installations are scattered in the three-story building at the Glass Studio of Spring Pool. The exhibition uses wildlife concept to communicate the circular aspect in glass. Creatures die, decompose, transfer energy, and are reborn in different forms, just as glass is disposed, recycled, crushed, melted, and reshaped. Exhibits incorporate different techniques, from blowing, casting, and foaming, to demonstrate more options for recycled glass.

 

CRYSTAL series is transparent and pure.

 

RIPPLE series is inspired by waves hitting onshore.

 

Inspired by natural erosion on rocks, CAVE series uses foam glass and shapes manually.

 

Great works and great awards contribute to great cycles

Besides extending from award-winning works, it’s also a challenge for Hsu to handle different materials “like a video game”. When asked about pressure after awards, “it’s more like a drive to me,” says Hsu. “After those recognitions, I still return to the basics and try to deliver the next work well. When we have used all possible means to polish our works, we participate in design awards for verification and promotion. Great works and great awards contribute to great cycles.”

 

The handmade process of the exhibits.

 

To promote design products and engage with outstanding designers from other countries, he believes that Golden Pin Design Award can serve as a critical channel. “In recent years, Golden Pin collaborates and connect with international awards, entities, and designers,” Hsu points out. “In the future, I look forward to more platforms that lead local industries to the world.”

 

Design opportunities in Taiwan under global pandemic

Since the pandemic is still rampant worldwide, we are curious how the new reality influences his work. He attests to major changes, as all discussions, updates, and confirmations are all done via video conferences. It is difficult to adjust initially. With higher communication costs, it has become more important to enhance teamwork efficiency.

While the pandemic has wreaked havoc, it also creates opportunities. As plants in many parts of the world are suspended, many foreign companies have approached him to see if certain technologies and capacities are available in Taiwan. Compared to design proposals and licensing, he now spends more time promoting local industries. By integrating design and traditional crafts, he can introduce capabilities in Taiwan. As to the next challenge, he would shift his focus to functional textiles. He is confident about superior technologies and products in Taiwan, and furniture with anti-bacteria fabrics will be in need under the pandemic.

 

MOZHU displayed in the exhibition Glass in Nature.

 

 

 

Eco-friendly, sustainable, and circular designs are not only popular in recent years, but also key aspects in Golden Pin Design Award. We welcome outstanding designers to participate in Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award this year, and introduce your efforts to the public.

 

𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐏𝐢𝐧 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝​ 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬​ ​

∎ Early-bird Registration: 1st April - 30th June (GMT+8 Taipei)​
∎ General Registration: 1st July - 15th July *17:00 (GMT+8 Taipei)​
∎ Awards Categories: Product Design / Communication Design / Spatial Design / Integration Design​
∎ Entry Qualifications: Design entry must be a completed (not concept) design work or project.​
∎ Registration Inquiries: gpaward@tdri.org.tw​

 

𝐆𝐨𝐥𝐝𝐞𝐧 𝐏𝐢𝐧 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧 𝐀𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝​ 𝐅𝐢𝐧𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐬​

∎ Registration Deadline: 22nd June *17:00 (GMT+8 Taipei)​
∎ Awards Categories: Product Design / Communication Design / Spatial Design / Integration Design​
∎ Entry Qualifications: Entries are open to works that will not be manufactured or sold on the market before December 31, 2021. (Projects commissioned by a client and projects in active development are ineligible.)​
∎ Entry Fee: FREE​
∎ Registration Inquiries: gpconcept@tdri.org.tw​