Time Object

How do we design things that is sustainable for more than 1000 years?

Practice 1

Bringing in objects directly or indirectly relate to time.

Things I brought in

Cheese: I chose to bring this cheese, thinking about the time of cheese production and the time between purchasing the cheese and the expired date.

Banana: When looking at the brown decayed banana, I was reminded of my last grocery shopping was 1.5 weeks ago.

Dried Flower: Looking at the dried flower reminds me of 1 months has passed since I got the flowers and the freshness and pleasantness when I first got them.

Coin: I chose to bring this coin, thinking about the transactions of the coin from person to person and how the medium of exchange had evolved from trading with physical productions to trading with money and coins.

Deflated Balloon: Looking at the deflated balloon reminds of the birthday party two months ago. The balloon contains the air that was captured two month ago.


Sou Fujimoto made the “Forest of Light” installation for fahsion brand COS. He uses spotlights, mirrors, and sound to create the purest essence of forest. I am interested in how do we design the purest form of an experience to last long and allow future living creatures to experience what we experienced?

Ai Weiwei made “Sunflower Seeds”, an immersive installation, in 2010. Ai took the visitors back to 1966–1976 in China Cultural Revolution through a 100 square metres of hall covered with more than 100 million handmade porcelain replica sun flower seeds. During the Cultural Revolution, propoganda depicted Chairman Moa as the sun and the followers as sun flower seeds. Sharing sun flower seeds, a common chinese street snack, means a gesture of human compassion during the time extremely poverty, repression, and uncertainty. I am interested in the transcending the emotion of a time through a meaningful symbolic object at the time.

(Shifting to looking at more physical things)

Brainstorming object to preserve that the future human might appreciate:

Teepot/ containter



a photo of my great- grand father (Vacuum Package)

The Analects of Confucius

1st Focus: The Analects of Confucius

Material and package study

Final Focus: Honey


Honey is the only food that insects produce and humans can eat. Bees have been producing honey from pollinating flowers for the last 10 to 20 million years. During warmer days, honey bees store up honey to eat over the winter when there are less flower to gather food from. Bees pullonate over 80 percent of flowers on earth. These insects not only have a significant role in nature, but also contains rich nutrients and has been used for medical treatment for a thousand years, providing great nutritions for human body- treat wound and sickness, boost energy, enhance skin, and more.

Honey was key ingredient in many sacred rites. Also, Egyptian royals were buried with honey to enhance their transition to the afterlife.


Colony Colapse Disorder is happening now, worker bees dissapears and not going back to their colony becuase of variety of reasons - pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. The winter in 2006–2007, beekeeapers report the loss of 30–90 percent of hives. The production is declining and the process is naturally slow. It is almost impossible to artificially create pure honey. Year over year, the production decline 5% and the prices rise 13 %. As global demand for honey exceeds supply, pure honey is becoming more valuable and expensive.

Value 1000 Years later

The distinction of Bees leads to scarcity of honey. As we consume more artificial food, natural edibles would be more precious and have a stronger positive affection toward our body. In the future, People will desire honey because of its many benefits provide for human and only powerful and wealthy people who are able to afford honey will own them.

Honey in the future might be as valuable as gold today.


Gold is a dense, soft, shiny, malleable, and ductile metal. For thousand years, gold was used for ornement for king. It has been the symbol of victory, power, and wealth.


Gold is rare. It is estimated that total gold on the planet is 5,407,112,558 ounces.

Value now

1 gram of gold cost 40.65 US dollars. The world’s largest holder of gold are governments, central banks, and investment funds. The orgainzation believe gold is the ultimate value that protects against inflation and economic crisis.

Supply and Demand

A product that lasts a lifetime has high value because the relative cost becomes less and less every year.

How to make honey last for next 1000 years?

Modern archeologists have found approximately 3000 year old honey in an Egyptian tomb. It is the world’s oldest sample and is still edible. The ability to stay preserved for thousands years adds another virtue in honey. From the findings, hydrogen peroxide, acidity and lack of water allow honey to last forever.

Honey Preservation Container

I am interested in the evolution of honey becomes a material possession that represents social status, a status symbol that can be eaten. This honey container is made of glass and is sealed tightly with rubber material. The look is like a trophie, a symbol of success and wealth. The delicate inner glass layer show the valuablness of the preserved honey. I imagined it to be pass down to generations, preserving and presenting on a shelf at home, symobizing wealth and status.

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