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設計師擷取存放中藥的陶瓷罐為靈感來設計珍珠奶茶玻璃杯的型體。不同於存放草藥的罐子，玻璃杯的的底部為圓弧狀，藉此所有的珍珠可以聚集在杯底的最低處 – 你可以不須移動吸管而喝到所有的珍珠粉圓。
In spring 2012 PeLi has been asked by Mr. Hu Yu-Zong , of NDD (one of the most influential Taiwanese design companies) to design a product inspired by Taiwan and especially by the city of Tainan…
BaBo, bubble tea glass
For PeLi the Taiwanese society is fresh and inventive. As a European who is coming to visit Taiwan there are some remarkable differences.
Taiwan seems younger and less afraid of change. It seems that experimentation is in the DNA of Taiwan. The designer doesn’t know if this has its roots in the fact that Taiwan is an island with limited resources or that the special “Taiwan way” is rooted in the particular history (occupation by Portugal, Holland and Japan)…maybe it’s a combination of all of these circumstances.
Nonetheless, Taiwan can look back on thousands of years of Chinese cultural heritage (think of the richly adorned Taoist and Buddhist temples or the tea ceremony). The coexisting of old and new is also very apparent in Taiwan, this leads to a richness that is not found in this way in the European home of PeLi…
When he visited Tainan he found it stunning how easily old parts of the city are broken down to make way for new buildings. PeLi was positively surprised by the views and opportunities this “way of constructing the future” creates.
But not only in the macro scale of architecture the Taiwanese not afraid of change, also in everyday objects the Taiwanese people embrace new opportunities…for him a natural inventiveness is apparent in Taiwan – He has seen and documented this in a lot of examples. One could say that Taiwanese people are “natural born designers”.
When PeLi was asked to design an object that signifies Taiwan or in particular the city of Tainan, he wanted to show the impression this very hospitable country (and that city) made on him.
So he created a bubble tea glass.
In 1986 bubble tea was invented by a Tainan tea shop (some nonbelievers dispute that and say it was already conceived in 1983 in Taichung…but however that may be, bubble Tea is purely Taiwanese).
But hey, it’s coming forth of the Chinese tea culture combined with Taiwanese inventiveness.
Bubble tea for PeLi incorporates the very old but does that in a fresh and playful way…in this manner a new culture is created.
Normally the bubble tea is served in plastic cups.
PeLi transformed this into a more valuable and well proportioned glass with a lid and a stand.
In the lid, made of polyethylene, the glass straw can be fixed. When you want to drink you pull out the straw and insert it through an opening in the lid.
The designer got his inspiration for the shape of the bubble tea glass from the ceramic vessels used for the ingredients of Chinese medicine. But different from the jars for herbs, the bottom of the bubble tea glass is not flat, but rounded – in this way you can drink all the tapioca pearls without moving the straw (the pearls sink to the lowest point of the glass)
The whole concept of making a bubble tea cup not from throw-away materials but from real glass, places the whole concept of bubble tea drinking on a higher level…more close to the real and ancient tea ceremony.
photos by Kees Martens, model Lisa Grahner, thanks!