Goldfish symbolize wealth and luck in Eastern culture; the number 9 can mean flourishing fortune. So permanent good fortune (be it by way of wealth or luck) is staked on 9 goldfish. Taipei designer Griffin Yang of Haoshi Design put this proverb to the test of time in follow-up to the Swallows and Carousel Clocks (also on this site). "Goldfish swim freely with their beautiful long tails, in gestures of delicacy and elegance," notes Griffin. "They swim with no rush; they swim away from all earthly noise. Their elegant rhythm freezes the moment into forever."
The pieces are made of matte white resin and hand-finished for detail and easily applied to the wall by way of the sticky back. A pattern is enclosed for the simple installation. "Haoshi" is Chinese for "good things." The goal: focus on the good details around us which might go unnoticed but shouldn't since they bring so much joy. "So we add a kind of purity and peace in our design concept," says Griffin. We fell for her and her joyful work, including her jewelry and Carousel Clock when we met her in New York in 2010.