Xinwei Hu at Designersblock London 2009

September 4, 2009

Memory Coffee Table
Xinwei Hu, a Shanghai-based designer, is about to finish her MA course in Edinburgh College of Art. She is exhibiting as part of a ‘Ready to Ship’ group of graduate students from Edinburgh College of Art.

Xinwei focused on the value of people’s memory. She believes objects are not isolated, they have personalities and contain meanings which can trigger people’s memories; objects record activities, events and relationships, and they reflect the personality of the holders. In design application,She wanted to create a platform for people to express their emotions and perspectives by displaying their beloved belongings or daily objects.

The “Memory coffee table” is designed as a memory container. Inside it there are four drawers, so people place objects in different drawers according to different themes. Further more, the drawers are connected to each other, and have to be pulled out one after the other, which means people should arrange their belongings. Through this “trick”, Xinwei wanted to use an amusing way to highlight the process of organizing and classifying things in our daily life and remind people to cherish their daily memories.


The table top is covered by thermochromic ink. The ink is sensitive to temperature, and turns clear when the temperature rises. When people place hot mugs on the tabletop the area underneath them becomes transparent, thus partially revealing the object in the drawer.And then the story begins: The table turns into a personal museum cabinet which displays the owner’s memory treasures. By designing this coffee table Xinwei is trying to provide an interactive way for people to cherish these memories and share daily stories with others.

Designersblock London 2009 takes place during the London Design Festival over 5000 square meters of space alongside 100% Design in Earls Court One.

24 – 27 Sep 2009

Opening times:
Thursday 24 September 10.00 – 21.00 Friday 25 September 10.00 – 19.00 Saturday 26 September 10.00 – 18.00
Sunday 27 September 11.00 – 17.00

Register on the Designersblock website.