INTRODUCED IN 2016

SHU FA

INSPIRED BY TRADITIONAL CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY

The Shu Fa series was developed in 2016 as part of the Nachtmann NEXTGEN Project, a global competition for young design students to create a range of products for the NACHTMANN brand.

Shu Fa designers Mao Churong and Gong Yining came from The Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. The Academy is a leading institution for modern art education in China and has nurtured many pre-eminent Chinese artists. 

For the first time in NEXTGEN history, two students worked together to design a collaborative series. They were inspired by traditional Chinese calligraphic ink paintings, creating a striking textural feature realised in sparkling glass.

The Nachtmann Shu Fa series is produced by machine in high-quality crystal glass. This series is dishwasher safe.

Nachtmann Shu Fa Tumblers
designers Mao Churong & Gong Yining

IN THEIR WORDS

"We examined Chinese calligraphy for inspiration, in particular traditional calligraphic ink paintings.  A stroke called ‘pimacun’, used to depict the structure and texture of mountain rock, had all the right attributes.  As we explored the shape of each single stroke, our experiments with a 3D version proved that it could be applied to a vessel with dramatic results.  Treating the glass as our canvas, with the stroke creating an interesting texture and rhythm, our idea came to life in a striking way.  To us, the calligraphic stroke we chose is gentle yet strong, and it works well in the medium of glass."

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