“Tai Chi in the north, Wing Chun in the south”. After several generations of martial artists, Wing Chun has developed into a well-known martial art move, and the wooden dummy used to practice Wing Chun has become a distinct cultural symbol. “Between the wild spring fireworks and white clouds, I love this mountain by sitting and drinking fragrant tea.” The design is located in Foshan, the hometown of martial arts, where was once famous for Wing Chun. UND tries to integrate modern aesthetics with brand culture, combining the local culture of Foshan with Oriental Zen in the same space to interpt the unity of Zen and martial arts.
▼室内空间一览，overview of the interior space ©程小乐
咏春木人桩 | Wing Chun Wooden Dummy
In the design of this case, the inspiration comes from the wooden dummy of Wing Chun, a horizontal and vertical humanoid structure. And the pillars are born as objects that connect heaven and earth, cutting the original large area of slate gray basement in proportion to deconstruct a rich sense of hierarchy within the space. The long horizontal lines together with the vertical columns create a “coordinate” of the space, which balances the visual proportions while constituting a new birth of local culture and modern trends. This is where the organized spatial order comes from.
咏春木人桩 | Wing Chun Wooden Dummy
▼榫卯结构细节，details of the mortise-tenon structure ©程小乐
灵感之禅茶 | Inspiration Zen Tea
The oriental meditation originated from the ancient people’s awe of the mountains and waters. Keeping their curiosity about nature made the literati of all sides take mountains as songs and water as paintings when drinking tea and reciting poems. “Tea for drinking, it is from Shennong’s.” The design attempts to expss artistically through the origin of tea – Tea Mountain. The undulating Tea Mountain as layers of clouds, is placed in a long tea table in the center of the space, which also implies the roots of making tea.
Looking ahead, you can see the tea pots arranged neatly on the wall, from dark to light, from more to less, seemingly smudged with ink. From the root of tea, a warm and moist tea culture is interpted, and the long cultural memory is slowly brewed in warm water with the fragrant tea…
▼茶罐整齐地排列在墙上，the tea pots are arranged neatly on the wall ©程小乐
▼木人桩上方的透明亚克力展示盒内放置着象征岭南文化本土的物件，the transparent acrylic display boxes above the wooden stakes contain the native symbols of Lingnan culture ©程小乐
▼室内用餐空间，the interior dining area ©程小乐
禅武合一 | Inspiration Zen Tea
In the old days, the master of martial arts discovered the true meaning of “selflessness” from Wing Chun. The workers from modern city can also find a moment of “self” time and space in a cup of tea. The life style of tea tasting and the symbol of martial arts of humanoid form are diversified and intersected in the space full of zen.Traditional culture and modern behavior are constantly tangled and reorganized in people’s daily life. Even if time passes, life will remain unchanged. Zen as the main body, martial arts as the form, and tea as the inspiration. The three come together and collide in the same space. Zen and martial arts are united while Zen tea is calm. Gentle, calm and pure.
▼人形桩演变动态图，gif of the evolution of the wooden dummy ©UND设计事务所
▼空间轴测图，the axon ©UND设计事务所