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Water Table & Framed Mirror; Li Xiaoming

“I have been focusing on the inharmony among nature, life and human beings, and I often think about the relationship between nature and man, and how people and nature can have dialogue with each other. When I am in the nature, I am sometimes touched by the spirit of nature, which attracts people to be close to it, people and nature are combined into one, and people become a part of nature. By staring at the tracks of flowing water frequently, I feel the time, space, and life. The water table comes from my reinterpretation of the water waves. A 3d visual sense and a moving feeling are achieved through showing the vortex water waves in a 2d plane. The table top is flat, and there is no real change of the vertical vortex”.

The elliptical table edge defines the basic outline of moving water. The table is used when people are sitting aside, so that its height considers the changes of people’s visual dimension and angle. Between the sensory threshold of distance change, the principle of pseudoblepsia causes the visual changes by flowing water vortex, rapidly or slowly, just like a pond of dynamic water that lets us feel it, interact with it and dialogue with nature. Man is an important element in the design of the water table since people’s movement drives the water table’s “movement”, and the interaction between people and product is in the middle of this.

Two different woods, namely, walnut and Manchurian ash were selected for the table. The deep and light lines constitute the texture of the top. The water waves are flowing clockwise, while the grains of walnut and manchurian ash are moving irregularly and transversely, and it is such wooden lines in different directions that creates the alternant feeling of movement, the closer we are, the stronger it is. And when we are still, the lines are still. We focus on the subtle changes of the natural wood texture, and we also need the sense of texture, it’s just like touching the calm water.


The relationship between man and space is the key in this work.

This space is created by the relation between the cube and its six sides, as well as the visual change between the 2d framed mirror and 3d space. Sometimes the framed mirror is 2d and sometimes it’s 3d.   

The action of people who involved in it becomes the element of the movement in space. The framed mirror consists of frames and mirrors, whose inside can be empty or inserted with mirror. The frame can be assembled freely, and when people are inside the frame and mirror, the space is relatively static, but when people are moving, the boundaries of the frame divide their portrait at the same time, and as the angles of the combined modules are different, the moving fragments of the portrait create changes of montage images visually, one image connects or breaks with another. It’s difficult for people to accurately capture the image they want in the space game, they need to look for angles and directions, and this is the rule of the game.

The framed mirror is composed of three parts, which can be freely combined and connected. The space can switch from 2d to 3d. Based on the combination of the three parts, the user can change their form according to the nature and of atmosphere the space at any time. The frame is made of pear wood, which is hard and has exquisite texture. Choosing a wooden frame is to improve the product’s natural quality. Meanwhile, the sections of the mirror are prismatic instead of square, so that the torsional feeling of the lines is enhanced and the pseudoblepsia is increased. The mirror is made of mirror acrylic instead of ordinary mirror, so as to reduce the weight of the frame and make it easy to be assembled at any time.

fact sheet

  • product: Water Table & Framed Mirror
  • materials: Walnut, Manchurian Ash
  • period: 2017-2018
  • designer:Li Xiaoming
  • design company:ARCHSTUDIO 
  • photographs:Jin Weiqi

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