I’m Pili Wu, I was born to a Nantou Hoklo father and a Hualien Hakka mother, I have two different bloodlines running through me, I’m a new local “hybrid”.
This design was inspired by my parents different backgrounds, getting to know ourselves once again through the mirror concept. Taiwan has been ruled by the Dutch, Koxinga, the Qing dynasty, the Japanese and the Nationalist Chinese, this small island has witnessed changes and integration of various cultures through the years, the ultimate melting pot that has resulted in our modern daily life.
The concept evolved around the combination of Hakka and Hoklo cultures, it’s a form of self- exploration of my own cultural identity. The big bowl on the right represent the bold and straightforward characteristic of my father, a very open and inviting figure, and the slanted bowl on the left is symbolic of my mother, whose frugal and humble nature resembles that of the Hakka people.
The Local Hybrid concept is my personal interpretation of the embodiment of these two groups of people, who have been on this island for hundreds of year, as well as the mixing and birth of the new generation of Taiwan.
For Taiwan Designers Week