3D-modeling and 3D-printing explorations on Japanese tea ceremony utensils

Pierre Lévy, Shigeru Yamada

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Abstract

In this paper, we inquire aesthetical aspects of the Japanese tea ceremony, described as the aesthetics in the imperfection, based on novel fabrication technologies: 3D-modeling and 3D-printing. To do so, 3D-printed utensils (chashaku and chasen) were iteratively designed for the ceremony and were evaluated using constructivist interviews, eliciting personal construct of a tea master on the beauty of these utensils. Our findings suggest that (1) beauty in the imperfection is feasible with 3D-printers, (2) such beauty can be created at the mechanical limits of the printer and of the material, creating uncontrolled yet beautiful irregularities, (3) further research can be made on the dialogue between the designer and the machine, leaving space for beautiful mechanical uncertainty. We invite designers and design researchers (1) to look at the potential of new technologies beyond what is classically expected, (2) to consider other cultural perspectives on aesthetics and on making, leading to potential novel practices in design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2017 - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages283-288
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450346764
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Mar 2017
Event11th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2017) - Keio University, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 20 Mar 201723 Mar 2017
Conference number: 11
https://tei.acm.org/2017/
https://tei.acm.org/2017/

Conference

Conference11th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2017)
Abbreviated titleTEI 2017
CountryJapan
CityYokohama
Period20/03/1723/03/17
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Keywords

  • 3D modeling
  • 3D-printing
  • Japanese tea ceremony
  • Personal construct
  • Utensils

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