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Brief Published: 13 Feb 2014

Ambiente 2014: Jia Inc.

Rice bowls and chopsticks by Jia Inc at Ambiente 2014

A highlight of Ambiente 2013, contemporary Chinese brand Jia Inc. presented an exciting new collaborative project at this year’s dining and tabletop show.

The Hong Kong-based company asked four designers to create their take on two iconic pieces of Asian tableware – the rice bowl and chopsticks. In keeping with the brand’s aesthetic, the modern designs take influences from traditional Chinese style, yet are updated to appeal to a contemporary or Western market.

  • Japanese designer Masayuki Kurokawa’s effortlessly elegant creation was inspired by nature. The ridged porcelain surface makes the bowl easy to grip while drinking from it, while the ebony chopsticks are based on twigs.
  • New York-based Edward Kilduff took a far more unusual approach with a design that plays with reflection and light. The glass and stainless steel double-walled bowl has insulating properties, and can also be separated and used as two bowls if desired. 
  • A timeless design, Chinese studio Neri & Hu’s minimalist frosted glass bowl sits atop a brass ring. This luxury detail is a reinterpretation of the traditional royal seal found on the Chinese emperor’s tableware.

Chinese design is currently enjoying increased visibility on the global design market. Within the home and lifestyle sectors, old archetypes are being revisited, with brands incorporating influences from across the globe for a renewed approach. For more on this evolving design scene, see Chinese Design: A Fresh Blend

Look out for our full coverage of Ambiente next week.