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For Taiwan-based designer Griffin Yang, "Animals in the city can represent the emotions of urban people. Every animal has its habitual behaviors and stories. It's interesting that humans have complicated thinking and all kinds of living environments. While we are proud of being the creatures, it's also interesting that many peoples behaviors act like the animals." Got it? Griffin's zoo is pure whimsy. Each creature is cast from resin and handfinished, and beautifully boxed in a black cube topped with black mini roses. Pure delight! "Haoshi" is Chinese for "good things." It's also the name of the new Haoshi Design Studio started by young Griffin. The goal: focus on the good details around us which might go unnoticed but shouldn't since they bring so much joy. We fell for her and her joyful work, from jewelry to her Merry-Go-Round Clock, at her U.S. debut in New York in 2010.
Haoshi literally means "good things” in Chinese and, at Haoshi Design, founder Griffin Yang says, “We believe that life is full of happy and interesting things.” For the young Taiwan-based designer, whose initial work captivated the U.S. design scene upon its debut in 2010, many of those “happy things” are images of animals. They populate her range of winsome products in everything from hand-cast resin jewelry with tiny frogs and squirrels to installation-size wall clocks with a flock of airborne swallows.
For Griffin, these animal stand-ins seem to represent the welter of emotions present in the pace of warp-speed everyday life. They can provoke reflection, giving time to pause and perhaps to smile, and to appreciate the wonders of the world around us. “In our daily life, emotions are often affected by trifles easily,” Griffin says, “and it is easy to neglect some ‘good things’ around us which can bring us joyfulness and satisfaction.”