Sia Mai’s lunch boxes consist of two serving bowls in glass held together with an elastic band. The shape of the lunch boxes is inspired by the classic Trangia storm cookers. With this underlying reference, they encourage contemporary urbanites to stage a picnic in the living room and highlight the way everyday life has changed by reinterpreting the popular icon of the lunch box.
b. 1965, Danish glass Designer
Sia Mai graduated from The Danish Design School in 1994. She has had many exhibitions, including ”Glas 2002” at Holmegaard, the 2007 Biennale of Craft and Design and the 2003 International Crafts Biennale in Korea. Her work has earned her several grants, including the working grant from The Danish Arts Foundation in 2002 and grants from Danmarks Nationalbank’s Anniversary Foundation in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2002 and 2007. A selection of Sia Mai’s works is represented at the Glass Museum, Ebeltoft. In her product development, Sia Mai uses clay or plaster moulds, as this lets her draft ideas and scales directly in the glass quickly and with ease. Common characteristics of her products are the way their shapes fit together and the fact that they contain several surprising functions. Sia Mai often uses her work to explore the various types of glass containers we use for storing food and drink. With her works, she strives to turn our daily meals into an inspiring sensory experience. She takes the original idea of storing food in glass containers and transfers it to modern designs that fit into contemporary homes. Sia Mai has taken part in a number of Danish Crafts’ Collections, including CC+ for MoMA in 2006.