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Wooden Glass is a light fixture comprised of translucent wood, a material rendered using xylem removal processes. What if we could provide an everyday material—wood—with a Second Chance, altering its appearance and properties to give it a second finish?

Dimension / 4"*4"*12"
Designer / Jia-Sheng Chen
Year / 2022

Finished?

The end of an object is associated with how we value, behave, and dispose of it during an item’s life cycle. Unfortunately, things with linear economic and usage patterns are still the primary trend in human society and social structure, leading to complex and interwoven social and environmental issues, such as overproduction, exhausted natural resources, overconsumption, etc.

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Human Behavior Research

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A new and sweeping utopia of life, where no one will be able to decide for others how they die,

where love will prove true and happiness be possible, and where the races condemned to one hundred years of solitude will have, at last and forever, a second opportunity on earth.

 

- Gabriel García Márquez, Nobel Lecture: The solitude of Latin America

Stripped of his possessions and executed as a result of Mao's Land Reform Movement in 1948, benevolent landowner Ximen Nao finds himself endlessly tortured in Hell before he is systematically reborn on Earth as each of the animals in the Chinese zodiac.

 

- Mo Yan , Life and Death are Wearing Me Out: A Novel

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: …

 Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account.

 

- Bible, Ecclesiastes 3: 1-15

Thereof We create you, and into it we shall return you, and from it We shall bring you out once again.

- Quran 20:55

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Second Chance

According to my research through the cultural and social perspective, leading to the concept of circular life cycle and reincarnation - Humans tend to depreciate the current moment and expect the next stage of life to be better, The Second Chance of Life.

Circular Life Cycle: Transformation

The aspect of the circular life cycle is originally from nature, such as the food chain, ecosystem, and all the natural elements could be reused and recycled again - the ideology of a thing transforms into another thing.

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Finding a suitable material to present the concept of the second chance. In this project, the image of the material influences the outcome, the poetic and aesthetic elements are essential.

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Material: Transparent Wood

Transparent Wood Experiment I

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Ideation I

Transparent Wood Experiment II

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Ideation II

Final Object

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