This time, Play Design Hotel is pleased to offer our room 503 Local Fun to the mentor of Hualien International Stone workshop, Moreno Ratti, and also have the design pieces of the workshop coming into our rooms and interact with our existing selections.
Hualien International Stone Workshop was firstly introduced by 'Hualien Stone & Resource Industry Research and Development Center' and ‘Studio Blancor’ in 2016, which tried to build a new connection between Taiwanese Design and stone processing industry. The mentor of the workshop, Moreno Ratti - an Italian designer of marble product, not only brings valuable international experiences of stone design but also pushes Taiwanese stone industry up to the world stage.
今年由 Studio Shikai 接手的研石造物著力於產業的市場面，期待將在地石材做更廣泛的運用，並融入日常生活中，拓展台灣石業實業的可能性。此外，今年的成果展主軸強調台灣石材的特性與精湛的加工技術，透過異材質結合，突破以往石材製品的限制與想像，創造出不一樣的可能。
Studio Shikai, the organizer of Hualien International Stone Workshop this year, focuses on the market side of the industry with the expectation of a wider use of local stone and a balanced ecosystem of Taiwan stone industry. In addition, the exhibition of the workshop this year emphasizes the characteristics of Taiwanese stone and excellent processing techniques. By combining different materials, the workshop breaks the past image of stone products and creates the infinite possibility of stone design.
Hualien International Stone workshop this year gathers 15 Taiwanese design brands and 6 stone processing manufacturers to create more than 20 pieces of stone products. Among these brands, the works of Danzo Studio, 7OCEANS Designs, DHHs Design Studio, YHHY, and KIMU design have already displayed in Play Design Hotel. These brands are used to specialized in different materials and techniques, like metalworks or carpentry etc. First time doing stone design is a big challenge for these brands, but this is also a good opportunity to bring new inspirations into Taiwanese stone industry. Furthermore, the final works of the workshop are not only the presentation of the concepts but also the products of daily life. And at this moment, KIMU design is undertaking the crowd fundraising for the mass production of their pose table mirror produced in the workshop.
為了讓研石造物的作品在環室的台灣設計中呈現，503 Local Fun 房就成了最佳的拍攝地點。在以往的印象中，石材通常多見於地磚或流理台等大片面積使用。而今年的作品，結合大理石材的紋路與質感特徵，巧妙將之融入於家飾品設計中，讓石材的使用不會過於強勢，在以木質為主調的 503 Local Fun 中，增添了不一樣的氣息。
In order to exhibit the stone products in a place surrounded by Taiwanese design, our room 503 Local Fun has become the best shooting spot. In the past, the material of stone was mostly used in floors. However, the workshop this year apply the stone subtly to home accessories which soften the tough image of stone, at the same time these works also twist the wooden atmosphere in 503 Local Fun.
The vision of Hualien International Stone workshop is what Play Design Hotel always pursues. Like other designers’ products in the hotel, all of them are showing the attempts and the new possibilities made by Taiwanese designers. While we curate our rooms, we also hope to shorten the distance between design, life and the market. With this vision, we are looking forward to witnessing Hualien International Stone workshop lead Taiwanese stone industry to get upgraded and begin a new epoch for Taiwanese stone design.