KIHOU – A bowl of liquid light

Created by tangent:, a design studio based in London and Tokyo, KIHOU (April 2013) is a bubbling brew of liquid light. Served in a small ceramic cube is a sticky translucent liquid, covered with a thin layer of black silicone oil. Fixed to the bottom of the pot: LED lights and a small pump. As air is pushed into the liquid, luminous "golden" bubbles break through the pitch-black surface. A striking contrast the studio describes as "mysterious". If applied to a larger bowl (see images below) KIHOU becomes a tarry soup with molten spots, viscous, pulsating, primordial. "The elements breath life into the object," says tangent:'s website, turning KIHOU into something the designers hope "people can feel affinity for and sympathise with."

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