Ceremony

Redefining the Concept of a Gift

Industrial Design
Designer
Hans Tan
 
Designed in 2008 for, DesignSingapore, 2008. Produced and presented.
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Ceremony
Redefining the Concept of a Gift
Conceptual / Critical Design / Product Design
"Ceremony" is a set of gifts commissioned by DesignSingapore Council for the 4th Meeting of the DesignSingapore International Advisory Panel 2008. The design is a reflection on gift ceremonies, where the gesture of giving and receiving becomes the gift itself. The significance of giving as a performative ritual, often carried out by hands, is captured in seven unique forms, each necessitating a distinctive act. The seven gifts were handed out in a ceremonious affair to each of the seven members by Dr Lee Boon Yang, then Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. 
 
The seven gifts are individually inspired by particular practices:
Ceremony No.1 (plaque)
Ceremony No.2 (tea ceremony)
Ceremony No.3 (gift box)
Ceremony No.4 (military / flag)
Ceremony No.5 (cupped)
Ceremony No.6 (scroll)
Ceremony No.7 (namecard) 
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