Shangai

Shangai

Shangai flower holders

Shangai was born as an exploration in mixing 3D printed parts with other materials. They are a couple of flower holders inspired by the Chinese game of Shangai (or Mikado): the shape comes from the twisting motion of the sticks that is performed at the beginning of a match. They are available in two versions, large and small.

There is a great attention to sustainability: the container for the water is not provided, so the customer can reuse a glass or jar which is already available; the 3D printed part is made of PLA, a biodegradable plastic derived from renewable resources, such as corn starch or sugarcane; the sticks are made of bamboo, one of the fastest growing plants in the world which is also very light and strong; the packaging is entirely made of paper, which is 100% recyclable.

They are provided as a build-it-yourself kit, since I wanted to evoke that certain kind of pleasure that comes from assembling objects, like Ikea furniture or Lego toys. Furthermore, the water container can be changed anytime, so the user can customize the look of the object to suit any interior style.