‘ripple effect tea table’ is a graduation project for IM masters design academy eindhoven by korean industrial designer jeonghwa seo in partnership with hanna chung.
There is a belief by Asian people that small changes in an individual’s life can have an impact and have a certain effect to the whole community, which in a psychological term is called a “ripple effect”.
Hailed as the “Ripple effect tea table,” the table blends Eastern ritual with the social relationships. Each time you place the cup on the table surface, the ripples can be seen speeding up on the surface of the body.
The process that takes place when the ripples are formed and slowly expands to disturb the whole water layer then becomes the visual symbolism of a deeper psychological understanding of what the designers are trying to articulate in the design of this tea table.