I love 抹茶」

 

WHAT         “I love Matcha” is a matcha tea vending machine. Different from others of its kind, this vending machine takes into careful consideration the process of the tea making: the Japanese Tea Ceremony Sa-do. As a consequence, and following some of the abstract principles of this ritual, the setup is as important as the action. In this case, 2 main elements dominate the scene: the process images, guiding you through the steps of the tea making, and the appreciation of the actual tools and movements, specially the tea bowl called Chawan. This object is a resin 3D printed clone of an original ceramic chawan.

WHY         When I first came to Japan, I was fascinated by how this society had perfected the art of convenience. My ultimate favorite element of convenience, found in almost every street in the city of Tokyo, is the vending machine. Not only their location, but the immediacy of the service and standardized products, process & prices, makes them an incredibly evolved species in the “fast and easy” world. But there’s also another Japan that moved me deeply, and that’s the one connected to art and nature and tradition. The aesthetic pursue in all traditional Japanese art expressions seems to find a perfect place in the Sukiya or tea room. A place where architecture, ikebana, calligraphy, painting, pottery and other crafts, meet tea in a very specific ritual, perfected for hundreds of years and thousands of tea ceremony masters.

               So how could these two opposites be equally representative of one culture? How can both share time and belong to the same society? The proposal is to bring them closer and make them crash.

HOW          There are two main parts in this project. One is the performance of the vending machine itself: a representation of the machine and the sequence of preparation of matcha. The other is the production of the chawan, made by 3D scanning an original ceramic bowl, and 3D printing it in resin.