Zen is a side table designed by Studio RYTE. This studio, has its headquarters in Hong Kong. It’s formed by a group of architects, designers and engineers. A completely variated and agile minds team. They think to take profit of the technology and the crafts to change completely the way we make and see the things. They work in a interdisciplinary way.
In concrete, Zen is inspired in Japanese gardens. This gardens are created from a space of land, covered with sand and not being very deep. They are used mainly to the Zen monk meditate. Inside this, they create forms with a kind or rake, simulating the waves of the water. What they do is create the form, contemplate, and in some point, they change the form.
Is a way to relax the mind and disconnect from any foreign thing. In concrete, on the side table Zen, they work with this concept from two patterns: one rounded and the other stripped. So, in this way, it’s given two options to the user to choose between this two forms. The function of this forms, is that from an auxiliary structure, the path is followed, and you can move things with this. The movement is guided from one side to another.
Side table Zen, with it’s forms, allows the movement of the objects. Relaxing this way the mind and experimenting a pleasant sensation
In Zen, on the other hand, it has de flat part, where it can be displaced the used objects, such books, computers,… It’s good, because this way is separated the food or the drink, with the ‘work’ zone. Without any kind of dirt or annoying stuff, having well delimited the spaces.
So, in this way, you can place different objects, being more big or small. A glass of water, or plate, or just leave the mobile phone there. The question is the separation and the movement of the things. Usually we found ourselves in a more messy situation of the spaces to leave the things. Having well delimited the spaces is mentally very important, to keep an order and a coherence.
The main materials it would be, for the legs a metallic structure, for the cover wood, and the objects a stony material. They are perfectly combined, talking about the materials and also the colours. The wood is easy to work the appropriate form of the Zen gardens, and the stony object to have a more pleasant and soft touch. The metallic structure holds perfectly this two elements.