In Asia as in Paris, MAISON&OBJET seeks out young budding lifestyle creators through the Talents à la Carte platform, in partnership with Design Anthology magazine. Get a sneak preview of these six emerging artists from the Asian continent. Their creations will be on display in March at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center during the second Asian session of the French trade show, MAISON&OBJET ASIA.
ABIE ABDILLAH, INDONESIA
A graduate in Industrial Design from the Bandung Institute of Technology, the young designer explores his passion for sustainable rattan in Jakarta. He makes the most of the resistance and flexibility of that natural material to create furniture pieces with clean lines. His designs are inspired by local everyday elements, subverted with humor and elegance. Abie Abdillah has shown his work in his country as well as in Germany and Singapore.
MONICA TSANG, HONG KONG
Monica Tsang has a degree in product and industrial design from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, as well as a degree in ceramic design from Staffordshire University (UK). Playful, curious, a bit versatile… she embodies the different facets of her decidedly feminine sensibility in each of her designs. Her long stays in the UK, Germany, China and Italy can be seen in the cultural influences that infuse the materials in her eponymous Hong Kong studio. She was awarded a Red Dot Design Concept Award in 2006.
Alias the Singapore natives Gabriel Tan and Wendy Chua, the Argentine Gustavo Maggio and Spanish Sebastián Alberdi. Based in Singapore, this multicultural group arose from a chance meeting in Stockholm in 2005. They have been engaged in their joint creative adventure since 2006. Furniture, lighting, objects… in just a few years, the group was working internationally with major design brands, while indulging in their other passions: art direction projects, photography for short films, creating dining experiences at restaurants. One for all… in all directions.
WONMIN PARK, SOUTH KOREA
Trained at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Park Won Min worked for a time in the Netherlands in design firms before founding the Studio Wonmin Park in 2011 in Eindhoven. His resin furniture pieces swing between sculptures and geometric constructions. His work has been exhibited in Korea, Italy, Germany, the United States and, of course, the Netherlands. His work will be shown soon in Paris and London, at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. He has received, among other awards, a Wallpaper* Design Award in 2014.
POETIC LAB, TAIWAN
The London-based design studio Poetic Lab was founded by Taiwanese designers Hanhsi Chen and Shikai Tseng, both from prestigious design schools –like the Royal College of Art in London – but also having studied science. The duo’s philosophy juggles ideas and materials so as to give life to a poetry of objects. Having won many international awards, they are often invited to the biggest events in the world. Their work is on display in the permanent collection of the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, among others.
ZHANG ZHOUJIE, CHINA
Trained in Classical Arts in the Chinese city of Ningbo, then a graduate in industrial design from Central Saint Martins – London – the designer Zhang Zhoujie returned to Shanghai and founded his eponymous digital laboratory in 2010. Unable to find someone to produce his creations, he learned manual techniques such as welding, cutting and polishing metals. His studio now includes a complete fabrication shop allowing it to produce works with futuristic shapes, celebrating the magic of mathematics and the new horizons opened up by digital technology. London, Milan… the various shows are piling up, along with the awards. Talent ahoy!
With special thanks to