Front and back
Design: Atsushi Kitahara
Year: 2004
Material: White porcelain
Size: -

Production: Atsushi Kitahara
Photography: Atsushi Kitahara

The table is a place where people eat and the table can deepens the friendship of a social group such as family and friends. The children can even learn eating habits there. Especially prepared dish at the meal to treat someone other than family has ceremonial intention, unusual table manners and formality.
Eating is an act that is shared with people and not individual action. This is social action which is based on principle that control their mutual interaction between people.
Table manners are the important rule which is etiquette to the meal and these rules are originally from the distribution of the food.
Therefore I focused on the receiving and serving a tea bowl at a tea-ceremony party in Japan.
The tea ceremony utensils has the front and the back, which is served pointing it toward a guest by a host. It is said that this behavior is a kind of consideration of the host that is the side looked all the finer in a tea bowl is pointed at a guest.
Being based on this thoughtfulness at a tea-ceremony party, I propose the tableware which make someone feel inclined to be conscious of pointing one toward one’s companion from distinguishing their form between the side a host has and the side a host points it toward the guest. I made the front and the back have each discrete roles since I think the tableware should be held with hands, and I want
someone to feel difference of the form by their touching.
I wish this proposal could make modern comfortable meal environment where people can feel each other's consideration from an action without saying a word.





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