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2021

Do not disturb my coffee zen

JANA POTIRON www.grungdesign.com

Project description:
I have been fascinated by the worldwide popularity of coffee culture for its taste, aroma, and stimulating effects. The ritual of drinking coffee is about a life stories. It can be an individual experience, but it can also be a reason for meeting. It can start a conversation with strangers, but it is also an excuse to take a break. Perhaps no drink is associated as many cultural customs and different rituals as coffee.

I have decided to conserve the coffee grounds in everyday objects. The process of casting coffee with the binding agent starts with drying and fine sifting of the used still aromatic grounds, which is the most enjoyable part of the process. This facilitate unusual sensory experience through a series of objects, useful in the coffee-drinking ritual, they can also increase concentration and awaken creativity and playfulness. I created the zen gardens with a relaxation effect – similar to the coffee drinking itself.

The Coffee Zen Gardens connect the western and eastern cultures and they offer visual, tactile, and aromatic experiences. Coffee is used in a liquid, loose, and firm state. The objects' morphology of the coffee and wood combination reminds us of recycling, sustainability, traditional craft and promotes personal development.

Material: used coffee grounds pressed with PVA binding, air-dried; maple wood (in 2. edition cups are made from porcelain); rice straw.
Additives: paper, plant roots (for ex. thyme).

I have experimented with many natural binding materials (mineral, plant, animal-based). I was looking for the ideal quality of a firm board: sturdiness, durability, and retaining the coffee aroma. In the end, I have settled on an ecological version of commonly used inorganic PVA glue, which is non-toxic and decomposable.
The material has been fully handmade, without the need for special machines or forms. Only in the finishing of a few specific objects I have used some traditional carpentry techniques like turning, cutting, and grinding.

Bio:
I am a designer who experiments with minimalist forms and seeks mutual overlaps of design and art in a practical as well as a theoretical level. My portfolio includes works ranging from furniture elements influenced by emotions to site-specific installations in public or private spaces. I design with respect for the function of the objects, but primarily I work with associations, expressiveness and human interaction with the material world. Since 2016 I am a head of studio Furniture and Interior design on Faculty of art in Pilsen.

My profile: furniture and interior, site specific installations; theoretical focus – psychology in design, material psychology.