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Design Through Making

Yiheng Peng

Yiheng Peng is an original and inspirational product designer with a wealth of experience in product design as well as mastering the craft of contemporary jewelry making. 

She believes that the core of the design is to be people-oriented. As a product designer, she must incorporate the human element into her designs and continuously adapt them to meet users' needs on all levels, from the physical to the mental. She has learned that the development of the times, the improvement of technology, the abundance of materials, and the improvement of living standards have provided many opportunities for product design. She can analyze and conceptualize viable solutions with her excellent professionalism and adept at using her technical skills to produce pragmatic products. Her design works are always based on personal feelings and delve into the human spiritual aspirations and social and cultural connotations behind the products.

In the process of designing products, she often thinks about the relationship between tradition and modernity, which are interwoven, sometimes conflicting, sometimes incompatible, and sometimes naturally integrated. Moreover, how to express the humanistic spirit behind traditional cultural symbols in her products has become a top priority in her thinking.

She believes that traditions can be expressed in many different forms, but no single form of expression can replace the tradition itself and the immense value contained in it. In this project, by observing the natural daily life of herself and the people around her, she tries to examine the heritage and innovation of tradition from a modern perspective and design some products. These products, which are full of warm stories and emotional carriers, also collide traditional experiences and modern ideas. She hopes that designers will not have to choose between tradition and modernity but will build on their previous experience and re-examine the relationship between tradition and modernity, allowing tradition to shine through modernity.


Bamboo, Rubber Band

In China's urbanization process, the government will demolish some rural houses and then provide residential resettlement houses for the residents. This means that a large number of rural residents are moving to cities. Additionally, these migrating residents will have to adapt to the high density of modern urban building blocks. However, in an urban environment, straight, clean, and functional high-rise buildings create a better living environment to a certain extent, but they lose their vernacular soul and heritage. At this time, the elderly residents, who have a deep-rooted concept of settling down and moving to a new place, are forced to leave their former homes, where the cost of living is very low, and the living space is flexible and convenient. Furthermore, they are passively placed in this unfamiliar high-rise housing, and conflicts are inevitable.

People are passionate about the taste and 'depth' of food. Food comes from the land, and food has a strong life and memory component. Over the years, the shaping of dietary preferences has created a stubborn taste memory that is embedded in the bloodstream of life, connecting taste buds to emotions. Therefore, I wanted to focus on how to improve the quality of life in urban spaces in the changing times and encourage the elderly to maintain their traditional food culture at a slow pace of life so that it can become a healing agent for them after they move into a completely different rhythm of life.


Bamboo, Ceramic