Imprint is a collection of rolling pins and boards for dough shaping. In an attempt to integrate the beauty of wood into the cooking process, where material characters resonate with everyday gestures, the series focuses on form shaping and pattern making.
The Japanese technique "Yakisugi" was the starting point. Mainly used for exterior siding and fencing on traditional houses, Yakisugi is a wood preservation method that adopts charring technique to increase the durability of wood. For the Imprint series, planks and beams are carefully selected and then burnt with a torch. The charred softer parts get removed afterward, leaving the body with distinctive texture of the wood for woodturning and assembling, which juxtaposes the blackened gravitas and the native wood color.
The subject of the design takes up references from Mediterranean cuisine culture as pasta and gnocchi are of the essence, and the outcome adopts a way for imprinting the patterns on the dough — as if re-creating a piece of bark from pastry.
Rooting the process and the material resource in a specific locality, Imprint series uses Taiwania, the one and only tree that is named after Taiwan.