Glurp Glurp Glurp
by Zihe Gong
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While the stench of pig’s feet may cause sudden discomfort to some, in many cultures this particular animal part can be the most sought-after dish at a family gathering, whether it be on a home dining table or at a fancy restaurant.
Sushi restaurants are without a doubt some of the most expensive and luxurious dining experiences a city can offer. The delicate presentation, the taste of fresh sea straight to your palette... yet, wait a second. Have you noticed this message at the bottom of every menu: “Consuming raw or under-cooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illnesses?” It’s just like a “smoking kills” sign you see when you purchase a pack of Marlboro.
So I suggest next time you visit a fancy sushi place or hear people commenting on eating pig feet, try swapping the two in your brain.
My thesis is an accumulation of many different things. It contains a body of work that consists of furniture, objects, sketches, illustrations, and spontaneous thoughts, as well as improvised writings and images of a variety of things that have largely influenced my own making. For me, design is a discipline that does not come into being through a linear direction. Similarly, I believe that a thesis does not comprise just one single narrative, culminating from one starting point. The process of designing and making is more like the way one prepares a meal - all of the ideas and research and writing are the ingredients, and this book is the pot of stew that simmers them together.
My work starts in the kitchen, as I draw my inspirations from cooking and eating. I not only appreciate the forms of food and plants, but also the spirits embedded in them. I infuse a friendly, tangible, and a quirky sense into my work, and I hope people feel cozy and joyful to be around them.