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ZENS Kongqi is a result of more than 10 weeks of researching and designing. This project has been started after a tableware company called ZENS provided the TU Delft with the challenge of making a new product for them. I choose this assignment as a graduation project for my Bachelor's Degree. My idea was eventually chosen by ZENS as a runner up (2nd place), for the best idea.


It all started with research to find potential markets. In which I found that the chinese "relaxing" tea culture did not fit the European "on the go" mentality. So I decided to do something that enables you to enjoy and relax with your tea whilst on the go. The design challenge for me was:


After determining potential markets and stating a personal design challenge (Design Brief). I started on Idea generation. These ideas came from brainstorming as well as researches. The most promising ideas where selected and combined into three interesting concepts.


The last concept "Kongqi" seemed to have the best fit with the initial design challenge. However a new iteration had to be made before the final design was finished. By combining features from other concept with the last concept we created the final ZENS Kongqi. See the figure below how the final version is used.


The nice part about the final design is that it includes the feature of concept two, where you can decide when you want your tea to be ready. Letting tea-leaves float around in hot water for too long will make it taste bitter, so having the opportunity to determine when you want to make your tea, will greatly enhance its flavour.

One extra final and most important feature the Kongqi has is the shape of the drinking lid and the placement of the filter. The intention is to remove the cork stopper whilst drinking your tea. This enhances your flavour experience since you smell the aromas from the wet tea leaves. These aromas are focused toward your nose due to the mask shape of the drinking piece. To see more of the design, see the slideshow below.


For the final delivery we had to hand in one big report with all the details with regard to the final design. It included, the manufacturing plans, dimensions, costs and strength calculations of all the parts of the Kongqi. It also included the research done to justify design choices, like the diameter of the Kongqi. Moreover, it included manufacturing cost calculations, price calculations, marketing plan and a financial plan.


For the final presentation we had to present a prototype, displaying the principle of the idea and also a poster which described the idea on one A2 poster. (see below)