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Staci Tsai

MA work

Vis-a-vis Tableware

1. Vis-a-vis Tableware

The purpose of traditional tableware is solely to serve food, which does not guarantee any form of communication between people. The use of light, sound, and colors are several techniques that make dining experiences more interesting. Yet these methods still tend to focus on the individual’s experience. How can we create an interactive dining scenario with the surrounding company? The objective of the project is to explore the social interaction between diners who have never met over the course of a three-hour supper club meal. The tableware pieces intend to initiate different behaviors around the dining table where the act of consuming food becomes dependent on small forms of physicalengagement between guests. 

2. Rhyo

Digital eye strain (also known as Computer Vision Syndrome/CVS) has been closely linked to blue light emitted from digital devices. Studies suggest that extended exposure to blue light can cause different aspects of visual discomfort along with long-term damage to our eyes. Current techniques to reduce eye fatigue is often distracting, ignored or forgotten. Light is one of the most natural ways we experience the passage of time as our body’s physical, mental and behavioral changes respond primarily to the light and darkness of our environment. We aim to create task light timer using different temperature and brightness’s to notify and schedule brief periods of intermission within a workflow. The intention is to encourage a healthy habit of balancing between work and rest, reducing symptoms of digital eye strain as much as possible.  


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Design Products, 2017

  • Staci Tsai is a US born, Hong Kong raised product designer with an interest in human experiences, manufacturing processes, art and contemporary culture. After graduating with a BFA from Parsons School for Design, she continues to challenge conventional notions through an underlying fascination with the way people respond and develop relationships with objects.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Product Design, Parsons School of Design, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Matter of Perception: Linking Minds, Milan Design Week 2017 / Salone Satellite, Milan 2014 / Dreamtime with Poltrona Frau, New York 2012 / Take A Seat, Parsons New York 2011