+ Singing Bowl

July 2014

Singing Bowl is a modern interpretation of traditional Singing Bowls, which are primarily used for meditation in Buddhist cultures + played by placing the bowl in the palm of your hand + gently rubbing the mallet around the bowls' edge. This movement creates a series of vibrations to produce sound. The notion that any sacred item must be risen off the ground is replicated here, with the bowl being supported on stilts. 

Although made entirely of kwila + brass (with felt detailing), the way the bowl is played is what transforms the object in to a modern concept. The user interacts with the bowl by placing it on the felt turntable + adjusting the wooden mallet so it sits on the bowls' edge. Using motorised parts within the kwila block, the turntable is initiated when the user presses down on the brass mechanism above. The bowl starts to sing + the user is free to relax until they feel rejuvenated. The amount of vibration + therefore the volume of sound is determined by the level of pressure between bowl + mallet, determined by the user. Pushing down on the brass mechanism to stop the motor instigates a rich gong, symbolising the end of the relaxation period.

The kwila block, manually dressed + CNC routered to allow the electronics to fit perfectly within, is separated from the manually lathed legs with threaded steel rods encased by brass tubes to make it appear as though the block + bowl are floating. The entire structure is reinforced with brass cross-bracing. The brass mechanism is made up of five manually lathed pieces, all working together to allow the mallet to be easily adjusted in both height + angle. These have been finished with a hand-crafted aesthetic to create a cohesive connection with the hand-beaten bowl; its impurities are celebrated, not concealed. 

See Singing Bowl featured on designboom here