Winner: Helen Wat
Title of work: Chá Table
University: Northumbria University
‘Wonderful storytelling and energy, great execution. Very broad interests intelligently brought together.’
Mentorship and internship
Chinese tea is symbolic of heritage and hospitality. In homage to Hong Kong-British diasporic experience, this ritual is adopted to offer a contemporary proposition to examine the role of tea in spaces of gathering from the community outside the homeland. Chá Table explores ideas of identity and belonging while alluding to critical social issues of autonomy and post-British colonialism. Inspired by traditional architectural structures and joinery, the Eastern-informed design fuses manufacture with Western timber — a reflection of the blended cultural position of Hong Kongers in Britain.