Rest Table

2015   /   Dia: 36” x H: 18”
Solid Beech

In many eastern traditions, floor sitting has been the custom and is still very much a common routine. To lay about and gather around the floor together creates a instant atmosphere of friendliness, breaking down much barriers that inhibit our nature to share our warmth and kindness with not only ourselves but others.  Rest table wishes to share this kind of optimism with its user. A rectangular column rises out of a dished base to form the table.  The base with a raised lip, outlines an area for storage of small items such as a book or a journal. The hope is that on first sight, this little intervention would kindly gesture you over for company.  This grounding quality evidently relaxes our senses and invites us to sit on the ground, providing us a opportunity to be calm and relaxed. 

B. 1992 Taipei, Taiwan. Oscar Shu Hao Kwong is a product designer. He studied Industrial design from the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Since his degree he has been part of Harbourfront Centre’s Artists in residence program, in Toronto Canada. This opportunity allowed him the space to firmly and independently establish his sensibilities. In 2017 he was admitted as part of The Bauhaus Lab, an annual program examining the transcultural legacies of the school. From 2019 to 2021 he enrolled at ECAL in Switzerland for a Masters of Product design. His work examines the poetic spirit that spans all our cultural artifacts, and attempts to translate these feelings through the expression of our everyday objects.