Coolpo AI Huddle Pana's design inspiration and cultural heritage

Coolpo AI Huddle 2022-04-14 12:23:40

The Pana design is inspired by the Alabastron, which was first created in Egypt 3,000 years ago and popular in ancient Greece, filled with fascinating aromatic oils and spices.

Most types of Alabastron have a narrow body with rounded ends, a narrow neck, and a wide, curved mouth. They usually do not have handles, but some types are equipped with ear-shaped protrusions or lugs with holes punched through them. Strings are then passed through these holes to facilitate movement.

The first Egyptian Alabastrons were inspired by palm trees, and later designs were made of glass and decorated with various motifs such as scallops, bouquets of flowers, or abstract designs in the form of rings or herringbones. Around the 7th century B.C., Alabastron spread to Greece and became an important element of ancient Greek pottery, which came in three different types.

A basic Corinthian sphere, about 3-4 inches high; a popular design throughout Greece (source)

A long, pointed version, common in Eastern Greek, Etruscan, and Italian Corinthian pottery.

The original inspiration for Pana was precisely the last one - namely this Attic style Alabastron. We can admire the Attic-style Alabastron from different museums.

This one is from the British Museum, made between about 520BC-500BC, and it was found in the land of Marion-Arsinoe.

This Alabastron is from the RISD Museum, probably dating from 460-450BCE, and was excavated in Attica.

The Alabastron with the elegantly depicted woman on its body is from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, dating from around 440-430BC, and was excavated in ancient Greece.

In addition to the ideas got from Alabastron, the designers of the Pana also incorporated the ancient Chinese culture of "Heaven and Earth" into the design, which led to the final design of the Pana.

II. The image of "heaven and earth" in Pana

The concept of "Heaven, circle and earth, square" appeared early in Chinese history and culture, and is an ancient Chinese philosophy. Heaven and circle symbolize movement; earth and square symbolize stillness; the combination of the two is a balance of yin and yang, complementary to movement and stillness. The application of the idea of "Heaven and Earth" is attributed to the appearance of the "Zhoubi Arithmetic Scriptures".

As a classic work of the “Gaitian” school of thought (which means the sky is like a semi-circular ball, covering the ground, which is square and flat like a chessboard carrying the sky); the "Zhoubi Arithmetic Scriptures" adhered to its ideology, and had a significant impact on later generations in architectural design and other aspects.

For example, the famous buildings in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven and the Temple of Earth, were influenced by the doctrine of "Heaven is round and earth is square"; the Temple of Heaven was designed as a circle for worshipping heaven, and the Temple of Earth was designed as a square for worshipping earth.

On the left is a picture of the Temple of Heaven, and on the right is a picture of the Temple of Earth

In addition, the design of the courtyard and the algae well are inspired by the "Heaven, circle and earth, square".

On the left is a picture of a courtyard, and on the right is a picture of an algal well (from Wikipedia)

In architectural design, a purely circular or square design would appear archaic and unnatural, while the combination of the two makes the design more dynamic and shows the craftsmanship of the ancient Chinese design.

China Garden   

In addition to architecture, the concept of "Heaven and Earth" was also used in the design of everyday objects in ancient times.

In addition to the design of these ancient buildings and household items, the design concept of “Heaven, circle and earth, square” is not outdated in modern life.

The design of Pana is inspired by the understanding of the concept of "Heaven, circle and earth, square" in Chinese culture, and by the diagram of He Tu Luo Shu, which has its origin in the Zhoubi Arithmetic Scriptures. Hetu Luoshu is the source of the theory of the eight trigrams, yin and yang, and the five elements of Yi.

  Hetu Luoshu 3D Cartesian Coordinate System

It is written in the Yi Suo that He Tu Luo Shu is a quantitative representation in a three-dimensional right-angle coordinate system, which means that it is not only flat but also three-dimensional. And the design of Pana is influenced by this diagram.

Just like a palm rooted in the earth and a fragrant vial, Pana brings both hard technology and soft power to conference participants. In order to increase the stability of the body, the designer of Pana improved the ancient Egyptian stone vase and introduced the ancient Chinese structure of "heaven and earth". Like the classical architecture, the above is the flexibility of the circle and the base is the grandeur of the square. When the square and the circle are set, the rules are set.

Pana,  helps your inspiration and ingenuity.


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Images from the master's thesis on the correlation between the Zhou Thigh Counting and the Theory of Art and Mathematics of the Treatise on Typhoid, Baidu, Wikipedia, Visual China, and Coolpo's official website

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