About this project
Ta-bé is a chopsticks set with interchangeable tips to enhance your East Asian food experience.
Ta-bé originated from the Japanese word 食べる (taberu), to eat. Here's how to pronounce it!
These tips are color coded for their respective cuisine. Pick red for the Chinese, gold for Japanese, or blue for Korean cuisine. Slide in the tips you chose to the white chopsticks bases.
Enjoy your food!
The idea to own a set of chopsticks is not uncommon, but having the one that is culturally adaptable is unique.
Ta-bé is a set of chopsticks inspiring users to various East Asian cuisines with its culturally adaptable tips. Having the right set of chopsticks for sushi, Korean barbecue, or some dim sum is like using a soup spoon to eat soup instead of a dessert spoon. Ta-bé will help you gain the right amount of grips on your food.
Ta-bé helps contribute less to deforestation through its reusability. It also brings no industrial bleach into your mouth comparing to disposable chopsticks. Through its modular design, Ta-bé only takes up llittle space whether in the kitchen drawer, or on the go!
Story of Ta-bé
Experiencing different cultures through cooking foreign culture food is one of my favorite hobbies. Hoping to reflect my interest back to my backgrounds, I began looking into Asian food culture in the United States and Western Hemisphere. Various articles have also shown a rising interest for Americans to try Asian food since the last decade. The opportunity came in when exploring onto the designs of chopsticks . Due to the spread of chopstick around Asia since 1700BCE, there are three main types of chopsticks existing in China, Japan, and Korea:
Chinese: Rectangular ends merging into blunt/tapered ends mainly to hold and deliver the rice into the mouth.
Japanese: Sticks tapering to a pointed tip to maintain a delicate control on small pieces of food.
Korean: Flat rectangular profiles usually made with metal to pick up side dishes than for main dishes.
Ta-bé hopes to create a solution to culminate these three variations of designs into one pair of chopsticks. Users can customize and be inspired by their utensils for enjoying different Asian cuisines.
Form and Process
Ta-bé's formal inspiration comes from wood joinery, which was one of the fundamental architectural structures and building methods throughout East Asian histories. They are simple, yet holds strong bonds without extra connectors.
All parts of Ta-bé are laser-cut from 1/4" thick curly maple board. They are then hand painted with acrylic paint and sealed with food safe finish. Ta-bé will come in padded kraft boxes for final deliveries.
As in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean it would be:
謝謝, ありがとう, 감사합니다
Risks and challenges
*August 2015 is currently the final expected delivery date, subject to change or fulfilled earlier under circumstances of the project.
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