“β-Endorphin” coffee table is inspired by the artistic form of classical Chinese furniture and decoration such as those in temples and imperial courts. It is completely covered in fine silk, hand-embroidered with the molecular geometry of beta-endorphin, the neurochemical that reduces the feeling of stress and pain.
As part of Duyi Han’s “Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment” collection, this piece is considered a device that records human cultural history. It updates the decorative content of classical Chinese furniture and reflects a contemporary belief in the modern scientific side of mental health.
The embroidery is done by highly experienced craftspeople in Suzhou, China. The coffee table is made by experienced professionals at Duyi Han’s collaborative workshop in Shanghai.
Cover: silk, removable, for light use
Tabletop: upholstered with foam, stable enough to hold cups. Inner cover in linen, non-removable.
Colors may differ slightly from the samples provided.
Available in two embroidery techniques: standard or Suzhou Embroidery. Suzhou Embroidery is a designated National Intangible Cultural Heritage. While the default silk thread is about 0.15mm thick, Suzhou Embroidery’s thread is about 0.025mm thick. For Suzhou Embroidery, lead time is 8 weeks. The embroidered result may look flatter than the default version.