Air Chalice

by Min Jee

Air surrounds us, is critical to our survival, and shapes our experience of our lived environment. Air pollution is an increasing problem that transcends physical barriers. People all over the world suffer from poor air quality which negatively impacts overall health, strength, and energy. Fasting has long been considered a way to purify one’s body and mind–fasting reminds us of our own dependence and weakness, and links us to those who suffer hunger as part of their daily lives. Based in the belief that humans can be sustained solely by prana, the life force in Hinduism, Breatharians claim that neither food nor water are necessary for survival. Despite common knowledge that we need sustenance to survive, breatharianism persists. Equipped with a charcoal filter, Air Chalice is a cup for consuming air that brings our relationship to our environment and to consumption to the forefront.


Materials: Aluminum, Charcoal, and Glass

Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 5.5"

Min Jee

Min Jee is a designer who is focused on designing objects that communicate to the audience with stories and by having empathy. Min is currently a student in the Master of Design in Designed Objects program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She concentrates on problem solving, form developing, and project management. Her designs focus on harmonies of form, emotion, and functional qualities. Min is interested in creating everyday objects that sparks dialogue between consumer and creator. She is constantly drawing from the experience of product design practice she acquired while earning her Bachelor of Fine Art in Industrial Design from Columbus College of Art and Design.