Oscar Kwong


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. 


Oscar Kwong is a designer intrigued by the emotional content stored within domestic spaces. Forming a process that examines the poetic spirit that links our transcultural communities, his practice attempts to capture and translate these values though the mindful expression of everyday objects.


At first impression our objects are grounded in function and rationality, there is a humility present in everyday things. In a stoic fashion they commit to their duties and accept their mundane routines. Yet, there is a mindful presence embedded in the ritual quality of these objects. Should we not repay their service with a sense of gratitude and respect. The moment we give ourselves that space, our objects have stories to tell. Within these tales we are give the opportunity to rediscover our relationship with everyday things.