Recycled Brick Tray: YiiDesign.com
Designer Rock Wang grew up on the countryside of Taiwan, a modest memory he holds dear to his heart and hopes to share with his daughter and future generations. It was also the inspiration for his display at the Yii exhibition of Taiwanese craft, a project directed by the The National Taiwan Craft Research Institute commemorating traditional Taiwanese crafts and street life. The exhibit itself was held at the the Triennale Design Museum in Milan, Italy, and featured a collaboration of designs by 15 Taiwanese designers and 20 Taiwanese craftsmen endearingly titled, “craft artists.”

Among the most remarkable pieces belonged to Wang, who handcrafted trays, vases, plates, and bowls using a block of brick taken from a demolished countryside house. His industrial technique required the use of special tools to carve the shape of his objects, then given a finishing process so that the brick and cement layers smoothed together harmoniously. 

Recycled Brick Tray: YiiDesign.com
Brick is a mainstay material used in traditional Taiwanese design, introduced by the Dutch during their 17th-century colonization. Wang reflects on his childhood fascination with the smooth touch of brickwork when the fingers are run over it; a feeling and memory he wanted to recapture in his pieces. 
Brick, being readily available and inexpensive, has become a symbol of Taiwanese culture. Over the years, Asian designers have adapted Western manufacturing techniques that remove the designer somewhat from the authentic building and design processes of the region. This exhibit was about reviving the roots of craftsmanship that gives Taiwanese art its distinctive and elaborate character.