The Prayer

“All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything.
What we think we become.”  ~ Lord Buddha

Bagan, Myanmar,  2014

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A museum goer

A museum goer in New York.

New York, March 2014

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Step Around

The step can (trash can) that we enjoy using everyday was invented by Meyer Kamenstein back in 1938, a seeming simple invention but it change the way and the behavior we deal with household trash since and since then, 76 years later, there is no fundamental improvements made, except of course incremental refinements made or simply just changes in aesthetic forms or use of material.
Back in 2013, after a successful “Iconic Teakettle” project initiated with Kamenstein, the company whose owner originally invented the step can gave us a design challenge to re-invent the trash can and we gladly accepted with honor, and deliver the original concept one month later with our original “OmniCan” and due to trademark conflict it was later trademark as “VistaCan”.
Our original omni concept idea came within minutes after we have the assignment, all out of nature – to have a step can that can work “around” the can, 360 degree. Although like all ideas, it is easy to have it, and to realize it will take probably hours or days to complete, and in this project, it took weeks to finally have the mechanical concept developed, computer simulation and made into mechanical drawings for final presentation and later on the prototypes, and global PCT patent filed, and finally, in March 2014, at IHA, introduced.
Trashcan is an often ignored objects in life but it virtually goes into each room there is a human, and help dealing with something normal people avoid handling, directly. It is something that everyone will use, and most own one, at the least.

Chicago, March 2014

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Empire State Building


Perhaps the one of the most photographed building in the world; however, it is still hard to resist not capturing an image of it whenever I come to New York.

New York, March 2014

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New York Into Night

A time-lapse clip made from the Sony A7R with Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS from Madison Green, New York City.

New York Into Night from Kaisern Chen on Vimeo.

from the Madison Green, New York City, on 2014.03.18

New York, March 2014

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Chicago

One of my favorite city, one of the most important city to what I do.

Shot with Sony A7R with Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS.

Chicago, March 2014

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The moon

“The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.”

~ Jean Ingelow

From a window of China Airline plane en route New York.

In the air, March 2014

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Full moon night of Bagan

Bagan, Myanmar, 2014

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Uplift & One-77

This is one of the classic example I often told the new interns or trainees in our design studio about practicing industrial design as a career, and as personal goal. There are two industrial design objects on picture of this post, one is a household stovetop teakettle from OXO (Uplift Teakettle) and the other a super car Aston Martin One-77 which name comes from a limited run of 77 cars.  These two example present a certain extreme of value, one sells for USD 50-70 (depends on models) and one sells for GB£1,150,000.  What puts them together here was that the Uplift teakettle since its introduction in late ’90 till today, still in production with moderate demand; has sold and sales accumulated to close to 100 million USD, or to more than one million homes; roughly close to what the Aston Martin One-77 projected sales to totally 77 owners – and to do that Aston Martin built a factory with exclusive production line for this model and demolish the plant after completed the 77-cars project.

It is true that each represents rather different retail value but similar size in accounting value.  Both object were specifically designed and properly engineered to the level of the respective industry requirement.  So what should an industrial designer decide to do?

It is an answer each one has his own, and no one is wrong.  One is something single person can do while the other require a whole team so one cannot specifically claim the total ownership of the design/engineering; one has the opportunity to enter million homes and one to just 77 garages; one probably gets to be used everyday and put family together for lovely tea time and one probably gives a ride every so often and I believe they both serves what each one expected to.

And I will always conclude the talk by saying that never to under or over estimate one’s assignment but always expect to do whatever best possible.

Bangkok, March 2014

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Travel compact

The modern digital technology has advanced to a point that a compact camera such as SONY Alpha 7R could pack a sensor of 36.3 megapixels that common believe that is beyond the 35mm or even the medium format (120/220) film resolution and (quality?) that traveling with expectation to shoot a lot becomes a rather easy task.  The SONY Alpha 7R use the sensor SONY supplied to Nikon on its mighty D800E which I also use and I most use camera for professional works at the moment, but of course, the electronic is different, and before the much hyped firmware update from SONY vowed to improve the image quality, the A7R image is not the level of D800E – but still very good and hope the firmware update will close the gap. Hopefully!

On the other size of development the electronic view finder and live-view capability of modern CMOS sensor allows one can compose the image as sensor sees in almost real time also makes the camera design with freedom of further reducing in physical size, and the lens system, as most of the popular mirrorless systems – or the likes of those legendary Leica M lenses.

As of this writing, the SONY has partnered with Carl Zeiss and released 3 wonderful lenses: FE 2,8/35 ZA, FE 1,8/55 ZA and FE 4.24-70 ZA OSS with a SONY labeled 4/70-200 G OSS coming shortly that makes the SONY a rather attractive traveling photography choice.

Likewise, company such as LEE Filters also catch the size trend to introduce their compact system Sev5n, further complimenting the high quality compact travel photography system.

Added with the flexible, highly capable and all weather Gitzo Ocean Traveler (which makes use of investment casted marine grade SUS316 stainless steel) that the high quality digital travel photography has never being lighter before, and it is the choice of my travel in March, 2014.

Bangkok, March 2014

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