If you’re in the market for a piece of furniture rife with symbolism, look no further than the “ripple effect” tea table from Korean designers Jeonghwa Seo and Hanna Chung.  The tea table is designed to hold a thin pool of water on its surface so that, when a saucer is set down on one end, the water surrounding it is disturbed to the point of a ripple effect reaching the other end of the table.  Seo, a metal art & design graduate from Hongik University in Seoul, and Chung, a visual communication design graduate from Kyoungki University in Suwon, explain that “given the fact that globalization is shaping the future of the world economy, a deeper understanding of a region’s culture and cultural differences” is critical in order for a market to succeed. The broader point of the table’s design philosophy is that even the smallest actions have exponential effects on their surroundings. Made of ash, plywood and earthenware, the Zenlike structures are available by request only, as is pricing information.  Once you’ve had it shipped from the Netherlands (where the design duo is now based), just add water. (Dimensions: 120 cm x 50 cm x 35 cm)

ripple effect table
ripple effect tea table

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