February 23, 2017

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The world underneath

Have you ever wondered what the world looks like in the eyes of children? When they look at our world, what do they see? 

As days go by, our curiosity never runs dry. One day at the Ziinlife Creative Corner (aka the pantry) we thought, "why don't we explore the world of the little humans, wouldn't that be inspiring?", which led to an elaborated process of sketching, planning, discussing, and prototyping, which eventually led to the birth of Small World Table. 

Unlike any other dining table, Small World Table is more than a surface for your meals. On the other side of the table top, you'll discover a cushion attached to it, and that's where the 'small world' unfolds. 

Let's admit it, children are fun and cute, but they are also weird. They do strange things that we cannot understand because we are very 'adult'. We're so used to thinking with logics, and acting with reasons that as a result we are bound within our knowledge and experiences. Whereas children see the world as a gigantic playground, they see possibilities that are invisible to us. Therefore to them, a table is never just a table. 

Children are not limited in the concept of space. When they play, their presence can be anywhere - such as under the table. You don't tell a child to stay in the confine of a table top just because it seems normal to you; when children go under a table, it becomes a new world to them. It becomes where they play out the characters and scenarios in their imaginations: it can be the wild west, the unknown universe, or the deep blue ocean; when children play, everything becomes their own little world. 

Small World Table explores exactly that. The world only a child can see, and literally a safe one with cushions to protect their heads. It doesn't matter what a table is to us, it is always something different in the eyes of a child. And that is the beauty of it all. 

Maybe one day, we all ought to get under the table and into the imaginary world hidden within our consciousness. 

你有否幻想過小朋友眼中的世界是什麼模樣?當他們以雙眼探索我們的世界時,又是怎樣的一片光景?

隨著時間流逝,我們的好奇心亦慢慢減淡。某天,在Ziinlife的創意角落(即茶水間),我們忽發奇想:為何不嘗試探究小朋友的世界,或許會給予我們創作靈感?就是這個想法,我們開始計劃、討論、草擬及制作,最終達至一件全新產品的誕生:小天地桌。

有別於一般餐桌,小天地桌不單單作為一張用餐平面。在桌面的另一面,你會發現一層布藝軟包,這就是小天地桌所要展現的東西。

雖然小朋友趣緻又可愛,但有時候卻淘氣得難以理解他們的想法。而他們所做的事情有時更會令你感到詫異非常,究其原因,是因為我們年紀大了。我們習慣用邏輯去思考一事一物,並以理性思考作為行動的依據,但就令我們局限於知識及經驗當中。相反,我們的世界對於小朋友而言卻是一個巨型遊樂場,有著無限的可能性,而我們則再難以像小孩般觀察世界。因此,在他們眼中,一張桌子並不只限於「一張桌子」,而是一個遠超於桌子的存在。

我們知道小朋友並不受制於空間的概念。只要他們開始遊玩就會無處不在,就如躲藏於桌子底下。你不會叫他們乖乖的坐在桌子畫地為牢,因為這根本不符合小朋友的習性;而當小朋友躦進桌下,該空間就卻會成為他們的一個全新大陸。這個大陸將會是他們腦海中的一個又一個製片場地:會是一個西部大草原,或是汪洋深海,甚至是浩瀚的未知宇宙;當小朋友開始遊玩,所有東西都會成為只屬於他們自己世界的一部分。

小天地桌所探索的正是如此。一個只有小朋友所能看見的世界,一個比現實世界更為安全的空間,為此我們就特意在桌子底部鋪上軟墊。一張桌子對我們而言就只是一張桌子,但在小朋友眼中,一件簡單如桌子的物件都會變得與別不同。這就是只屬於他們的美麗所在。

也許有一天,我們都應該走到桌子底下,作為一個再次通往深藏於意識當中的奇幻世界的一個入口,並再次走進其中。


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