Divan “絲路” 茶器組 (English version below)
西方設計師從德意志大文豪哥德(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)的《西東詩集》(West-östlicher Divan)浪漫篇章得到創作滋養…把自己化作行旅中的藝術家，循著大師的足跡，期盼從與東方的激盪裡，找到可及的美麗新境。
設計師Alexander Pelikan出生於德國，現居於荷蘭南方的科技與設計重鎮：恩荷芬(Eindhoven)，經營著設計工作室Peli Design。Peli擅長富於結構變化的家具設計，也對於自然材質有著多元的涉略。
DIVAN came forth of our love for cultural diversity. the Tea set blends Chinese tea culture with western esthetic and requirements.
The biggest differences between these two tea cultures are the (1) refinement (in Asia the tea culture has a refinement comparable with European wine culture or even surpassing that)
and (2) the size of the vessels (Asians drink tea differently, they pour more often, Europeans brew larger pots and drink from bigger cups). We bridged these differences to produce a tea set for our client (Lin’s Ceramics Studio of Taiwan) which will be equally available in Europe and in Asia.
More details about DIVAN as communicated by Lin’s Ceramics Studio:
Travelers constantly seek possibilities for exploration.
Their wishes are realized during teatime
Where delicate whispers are exchanged, between two cultures.
Lin’s Ceramics Studio collaborated with Dutch design team PeLiDesign to develop brand new tea sets through the fusion of Western lifestyle and Eastern aesthetics.
The Western designer drew inspiration from romantic writings in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s west-östlicher Divan. He imagined himself as traveling artists by following the footsteps of the masters, hoping to discover magnificent new realms by infusing Eastern inspiration.
The Divan tea set is an innovative product driven by the wave of globalization. It is also an endeavor by Lin’s Ceramics Studio in promoting the tea arts trend to the West and a milestone for embarking on a new Silk Road journey.
In recent years, PeLi has delved in Eastern and Western culture; he was invited to participate in the “In Bliss Theme Exhibition” during the 2011 Taipei World Design Expo. In 2012, he also partook in the three-month artist-in-residency project for the “Taipei Artist Village”.
By traveling, absorbing, enriching and interacting, PeLi has combined his keen observation with the nutrients of literature and his own cultural background to rethink the different possibilities of Eastern pottery art and tea lifestyle. Through the “Divan Tea Set”, the designer has composed a symphony of Eastern and Western fusion.
‧The “Divan” Tea Set consists of a large teapot, two teacups and a tea stand, making it a tea set conforming to Western afternoon tea custom and contemporary lifestyle.
‧Functionality: Caters to the Western custom of brewing tea in a large teapot, and blends in the elegant culture of enjoying Chinese tea in small teacups.
‧Aesthetics: Sophisticated European lines emanate from within the rounded, rich Eastern aesthetics.
‧The Absorbent Tea Tray exudes minimalistic and contemporary design; with a thickness of just 1.2cm, it resembles a desktop ornament. The beveled edge adopts ergonomic design so that it can be picked up conveniently and used as a tray.
The perfect pot for the perfect tea:
Teas of different degrees of fermentation are better suited for different pots. The perfect pot can brew a tea with a perfect mouth feel.
— Porcelain, a quick conductor of heat, prevents overcooking of delicate tea leaves. It is best suited for brewing lightly-fermented or non-fermented teas, such as Green Tea, Lungjing, Pouchong, and Taiwan High Mountain Tea.
— Pottery, maintains a moderate water temperature that open up the layers of fragrance in the tea. It is best suited for brewing partly-fermented or half-fermented teas, such as Taiwan Oolong Tea, and Wu Yi Rock Tea.
— Purion, holds heat inside the pot while the tea brews; it allows for deep, mellow flavors to be pulled from the leaves of the tea. It is best suited for brewing heavily-fermented and fully-fermented teas, such as Tie Guangyin, Yuannan Black Tea, Dark Roasted Tea and Pu-er Tea.