Becoming a partner in creating value
The specially designed counter at TPAC Bluebird, led by designer Wu Tou, was specifically designed for this venue by YDS Design utilizing Mikado Quartz Slabs. The counter blends the spirit of TPAC Bleu & Book and Verse magazine. Also, it uses the characteristics of Mikado Quartz's texture, stability, and high hardness to pay homage to the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, who Wu Tou dramatically admires. Due to its large size, thickness, and sufficient requirement of craftsmanship, this counter is costly. However, the founder of Mikado Quartz, Michael, thinks that the participation in the design of the TPAC Bleu & Book space is a process of "co-creating value" between Mikado Quartz, Bleu & Book bookstore, Verse magazine, and YDS Design. Michael believes that instead of establishing a typical commercial cooperation model, it is better to establish a long-term and ripple-effect partnership based on trust and value affirmation with the other three brands.
Michael states, "After talking with Verse's chief editor Chang,Tie-Jhih, Bleu & Book's founder Tsai,JuiI-Shan, and designer Wu Tou, I can see that our four brands have a long-term vision, which is why we want to participate in creating TPAC Bleu & Book. We all pay attention to more details than others, many of which are invisible, but we still think they are important and willing to do things without immediate returns. I think this is a brand's persistence." In terms of the expected points in the market, Michael also analyzes: "Although it may not bring direct returns in commercial terms, I believe we all have a consensus that we hope to continuously stack the threshold of entry into the magazine, bookstore, design space, and stone material industries, making the industry's ecology healthier and creating a sense of belonging for those niche customers."